“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”-Plato
Since moving to this area in March of 2016, our life has been centered around this big ol’ boat, the Blue Ridge Runner. In fact, it was our home when we first moved here! I can remember the faces of people from back home when I told them I was moving south to live on a boat. Some were thrilled at the adventure of living aboard, others gave me the “that’s nice” smile. You know the one I’m talking about if you speak fluent southern lady. It’s the one you give when you have nothing nice to say and you’re thinking a whole bunch of ugly in your mind, but you can’t say it out loud. That’s okay, Lord knows I’ve given more “that’s nice” smiles in my life than I can count. The truth is, I had no idea what was going to happen. All I knew is that wherever my Captain went, I was going there also.
Living on the boat was fun, in fact I really enjoyed it. The slight movement made by the water rocked me to sleep like a baby every night. Getting used to living aboard was interesting. Catching a catfish with a piece of lunch meat, watching the sunset every night from the tuna tower, and frying the shore power cord while making dinner are some of the exciting memories I have from the few months we were “live aboards”. We won’t talk anymore about that last part!
The hard part of living aboard was having to leave the boat when a charter was booked, or when other people were staying on board. My closet was basically in the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee for several weeks, and we spent a small fortune on hotel stays. Those days were so stressful and could’ve easily strained our brand-new relationship, but it did just the opposite of that. We only grew stronger and closer than ever.
We’ve had several ups and downs with the Ridge Runner. From name changes, dishonest mechanics, and engine rebuilds, at times it felt like the downs seriously outweighed the ups. Looking back now its safe to say that the downs were just part of the learning process. Ross has met some great people along the way that have taught him so much about the industry that he loves. He has become a better captain because of the opportunities these folks have given him. We are forever grateful for these relationships, and as for the Ridge Runner…it’s only ups from here!