Jackie Parry – author

The key to cruising is feet


The key to cruising is feet. It is -really, or something similar – like hair or legs or . . .let me explain.

Love the boat you have, is one of the snippets of advice we provide in our book Cruisers’ AA. This was a tip we received from a down-to-earth, long-term cruiser.

Love the boat you have. (Mariah II)

Love the boat you have. (Mariah II)

What does this mean? Well, maybe you have a dream you aspire to – a bigger boat, a better boat, or a boat with more equipment. Well, you can wish for all this . . . but still, love the boat you have.

Maybe that won’t make sense until you are cruising. For us it means that you put whatever resources you have into the boat you have, with love, with care, with effort and respect. Then that boat will pay you back, it will love and care for you and it will even respect you.

Feet? So what the blazes has feet got to do with it?

I hate my feet. Well, I did up until about two weeks ago. You see, I have rather wide, and in my opinion, ugly feet (for one reason or another, let’s just say they aren’t the prettiest of feet).

Sailing the Pacific Ocean on Pyewacket. Making courtesy flags.

Sailing the Pacific Ocean on Pyewacket. Making courtesy flags & resting my feet!

For the last few weeks I’ve been really caring for my feet, exfoliating, moisturising, and buying and wearing nice shoes that hide the ‘not so nice bits’.

Tonight, as I rest my naked feet up on the settee they feel nice, they’re healthy, and they don’t look half bad. And that is what we mean by love the boat you have. Love what you have.

I take care and love my feet and now they feel great, so I feel great. They may take care of me for longer than they would have, had I not cared for them. Now I quite like my feet – actually, I’m quite attached to them!

Whatever you are dealt with, in either body parts or possessions – love what you have. Make of it what you will, and it will make you.


Author: jackieandnoel

Author and Traveller

14 thoughts on “The key to cruising is feet

  1. Very true and a lovely post x


  2. what wonderful wisdom…this post is so inspirational to me


  3. Love seeing Mariah in full sail, can’t agree more with your post


  4. So true…anything else is just wasted energy.


  5. So true! After almost a year of walking with excruciating heel pain due to plantar fasciatis I really do appreciate my feet and pay attention to them. Glad to say I can enjoy walking barefoot on my boat again! Love the one you’re with!


  6. Thanks Melissa, glad to hear your feet are better – I had plantar warts for years – one doctor actually dug (literally) them out. I looked like I had been shot in the foot! They came straight back. The stuff from the pharmacy worked (took a while) – but I don’t think they were as painful as yours sound . . . Love the one you’re with – well said!


  7. Your feet are quite lovely. Are they married?


  8. Just as a footnote (!)…. I’ve been singing “Do do,do do,dodo, dodo Love the One You’re With” all day!!


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