If you're lucky enough to live to 100, the years between 50 & 75 are your third quarter. That segment in life could be the waning of your physically agile years, so it's a good idea to stay active. It's also a good time to challenge your brain to keep things limber up there - by mastering something new. We decided to go sailing, and this is a chronicle of our journey.


Boat Yoga: Squeezing tall bodies into tight spaces

Don helping Dave Perry work inside the
port side cockpit locker
When we took delivery of Florian in the Spring, Dave Perry, the broker from Robinhood Marina visited to go over some of her particulars during her re-commissioning. With a little twisting and folding, he slid into the port side cockpit locker (above) which lead me to believe we'd be able to do the same thing. After several attempts, not so much.  We've learned pretty quick that trying to fold, twist & contort your body to fit into small spaces is a normal endeavor on a boat. It's a bit more challenging when you're tall, and both of us are just too long to fit into many spaces on Florian.  But that doesn't stop us from trying. We refer to these contortions as Boat Yoga.

Port side settee battery compartment bend
Shop-Vac stretch to the anchor locker in
the V-berth - a low cobra pose?
Port side cockpit locker reach-in
Squeezing into the bilge to sponge out water -
a modified sunbird pose?

Sideways in the engine compartment
- a marichyasana pose?
On the galley (kitchen) floor, replacing a
water accumulator - modified eagle pose
Accordian-man; trying to reach a hose under
the sink - a Natarajasana?
Folded in the head (bathroom) to upgrade
toilet parts - a tortoise pose?
Dangling in the Lazarette, hanging on with a foot to
reach exhaust hoses - Locust pose
Post Boat Yoga Reward: Bread & Whiskey :)
Our boat is 36 ft with a 10'8" beam. I imagine a bigger boat has larger spaces to squeeze into, no? Do you fit into the crawl spaces on your boat?


Neophyte Cruiser said...

I've always maintained, to be a good boat mechanic one has to be a little person contortionist. In my case, it's not so much a matter of being overly vertically challenged, it's more a question of girth. Kathie and I spent Sunday cleaning the bilge following your same yoga pose.

LittleCunningPlan.com said...

Haha! Excellent! Yes, some of those spaces are mighty tight and getting out of them is worse than getting into them in the first place.
Your post reminded me of my own version of Boat Yoga: http://littlecunningplan.com/2012/06/the-need-for-speed-when-performing-boat-yoga-and-a-cunning-little-cruiser/

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@Melissa, your post is great! Thanks for sharing.... I look forward to your grateful pose when we're heeled over, zipping through the pacific fast-fast. :) And yes, getting out of these teeny boat spaces is tricky; the shot of Don with his head under sink, and his knee wedged against the wall required my help to get him out of there. We were laughing so hard in the process of his "stuckness" it almost caused a need for bandages.

LittleCunningPlan.com said...

Your photos had me laughing my end off! I admit that some of those brought back pains I had forgotten, as I recalled retrofitting the hanging locker in Moonrise to have shelving. And then, of course, there is the engine access. Ouch.

Ariel | CD 36 said...

Love this series of "poses"! Wonderful. I think I've managed to do them all, too. Some of the pics cause cramps in certain unmentionable regions. Thanks for sharing.
I think the most desperate situation for me was wedging myself into the anchor locker (with divider) in order to secure the bitter end of the rode to the steel backer. For a moment, I thought I wasn't going to make it out.

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@David - we will take comfort in the fact that you have the same boat, so you have indeed suffered the same contortions. After reading your comment, we happened to be working in the anchor locker (also with divider), and I can't for the life of me imagine you squeezing into that space! Always keep your cell phone handy while wedging yourself into teeny boat spaces. :) Happy New Year!