Sailing Dreams...Winterizing the Soul

I'm continually racing to catch my mind after fall haul-out as it sprints away from another oncoming winter. S/V Island Bound is safely resting on her jackstands and the winterization tasks are complete. The winterization of my soul begins with dreaming of sailing adventure. So I figured this is a good time to share one of my favorite "dreamer" quotes:

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."

The quote is from T.E. Lawrence, better known to some as "Lawrence of Arabia". The British army officer likely didn't have sailing on his mind when he made the statement in his autobiography, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. At the time Lawrence was serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. But still, his words force me to be aware of what time of day I dream about sailing far.


  1. Hi Kevin,

    Just a note to let you know I enjoy your Blog very much! My husband Dean, worked at North Shore Marina for a few years before we were transferred to Texas with his full time job at GM. I enjoy the pics & year around updates. We just recently bought our first sailboat...S/V Our Way Too! A 1991 42' Hunter Passage. She is in Kemah until he can retire & we can go forward with our dream. We would love to keep in touch!

  2. Hi Kevin, Just found your blog from reading your article in the last Good Old Boat. Great job on both. You are living my dream, man. Now I want to move our boat from Lake Pepin to Lake Superior, thanks!
    Happy Sailing,
    Capt. Puffy

  3. This is beautiful! It reminds me of when I went sailing in Croatia.


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