Health Care Experiences Far From Home

Preparing for stitches in Guatemala
(photo courtesy of Matt & Jessica's Sailing Page)

If you're out cruising, it's pretty advisable that you have a good First Aid kit at your disposal.  We aren't always lucky enough to be near a health care center if something goes wrong, or even if we are, standards may not be what we were used to back on land.  When things go wrong, it's not as easy as a quick drive down the road to the med center.

Whether it's a virus traveling around, a finger caught or smashed in one of the many areas possible to do so on a boat, or a lift threatening emergency, health care can get a little bit tougher out on the water.  If you have any experience or stories about health care far away from home, send me a post describing it.


Advice for Freshman Cruisers

Whether you're leaving because you've finally retired, or you're leaving because you're young enough to not care about health insurance, YOU'RE FINALLY LEAVING!  And anyone who has given it even an ounce of thought, knows that the amount of planning is insurmountable.  There is just no way that you can think of every detail and plan for every mishap.  This topic was created to use our MoFi resources and ask for tips.  If you have a post already written about the most important things you learned your first year cruising, great, we'll take it!  If you want to write one dedicated to newbie cruisers (remember, you were a freshman once!) please do!  We are looking for your best tips and tricks anyway you want to hand them to us and hopefully you can save a newbie from a little stress once they set sail.   (Please :)


Sailing Life Hacks

Cruisers are hardy folks. We have to be, because we live in a space the size of a small garden shed, and it galumphs around like a mechanical bull. Let's just say, it's an environment that's not big on creature comforts. But we cruisers are also creative and crafty sorts, expert life hackers, who like to share our ideas.

This Monkey's Fist topic started when I blogged, as part of my Tammy's Top Ten Things series, about things that make my life onboard easier, things like a good, old-fashioned ice pack, creative use of hair bands and static cling window film. I posted my Top Ten on the Women Who Sail Facebook page, and others decided to play along. We've ended up with a brilliant sailing hacks starter kit for new cruisers and some fresh ideas that even the saltiest among us can adopt.


Young Cruisers

A group of 30-something cruisers, enjoying the spoils of Jamaica.
(Photo courtesy of s/v Tamarisk)

This topic is all about the 40 and under crowd.  The ones that said, "I'm not going to wait for retirement before I fulfill my dreams of sailing off into the sunset.  Nay, I'm not even going to wait for my 40th birthday to roll around before doing it."  All of us that have done this fall into the 'young cruiser' category, and sadly, the least represented one out on the high seas.  Being so young, we're usually the newbies out there.  The ones just figuring it out for the first time.  Making mistakes and learning, but hopefully, having a ball while we do it.

This topic is meant to inspire new young cruisers.  Telling the how and why of, well, how and why other young cruisers are out or getting ready.  Have any great stories of being the odd one out due to your age?  We'd love to hear that too.