CRUISING THE FIVE SENSES
We hear a lot of talk about cruising the seven seas, but we don't
hear much about cruising the five senses.
If you stop and think about it, cruising on a yacht is an
intensely sensual experience. Your five senses form the
foundation for your cruising adventures.
Your five major senses are sight, hearing, taste, touch, and
smell. On top of these senses is a layer of emotion
that turns those sensations into heaven and hell.
I am a visual person, and for me the cruising experience is mostly
visual. I enjoy being on watch because it gives me an
opportunity to observe and enjoy my world. In the sky there
are clouds, stars, planets, sun, moon, sunrise and sunset, and I
watch them evolve all day long and into the night. I see
waves and swells that tell me what's happening in my aquatic
Vision is also about color. A splash of color transforms an
ordinary experience into an extraordinary one. When navy blue
water turns to turquoise, visions of paradise dance in my mind.
The colorful garlands on the bows of Thai water taxis transform a
mundane trip into something beautiful. It's fun to ride
in a boat with beautiful garlands adorning the bow; it's extremely pleasing to
Hearing is the second most powerful sense in my life as a cruising
sailor. I listen to the sound of the wind and waves, and I
can detect significant changes in either even when I am asleep.
My sense of hearing is like a watchman that's always on duty
informing me of changes in my world. Whether the wind is
just piping up or is screaming in the rigging, my ears are
perpetually on the
job keeping me safe.
Taste and smell focus mostly on food; they enhance the ethnic
character of the cruising experience. I have tasted and
sniffed my way through a maze of international cuisine, and these
two senses make some destinations into a culinary adventure.
My sense of touch was a constant companion as I enjoyed the warmth
of the tropical sun and endured the sting of driving rain upon my
We all would do well to rediscover what it means to cruise our
Imagine what it would be like to sail the seven seas without your
sense of sight. Darkness would enshroud your voyage as
you braile your way around the world. Instead of turquoise
and navy blue, your world would be monotonously black. Now,
cast off the pall of blindness, and take a look at the beauty that
surrounds you on all sides.
Do the same thing with your other senses. Imagine what your
life would be like without your senses of hearing, taste, touch and
smell. Once you feel the pain of loss, restore those senses
to your cruising world and enjoy your new life.
Take time to cruise your five senses. You'll rediscover what
cruising is all about.
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