April 1st, 2010, posted by Vern Moen Tags: Vern Moen

Here I am, 1000 nautical miles out in the middle of an ocean on a 60′ plastic yacht with 5 other people. Floating.

Option #1:
Read a book. I’ve ripped through 2 books in 3 days – “1984″ by George Orwell and “Slaughterhouse 5″ by Kurt Vonnegut. Books have become incredibly more entertaining here at sea – I think because I’m deprived of other worldly distractions. I’m like the modern, sailor version of Anne of Green Gables.

Option #2:
Snack. This is tricky – for a couple of reasons. First, there’s not much room on the boat to move around or burn calories, so snacks are happily stored by the human body. I call mine the Plastiki 5. Secondly, if you over-snack and choose too many of the premium snacks (such as Nutella, Avocados, or anything with no mould on it, for example), you run the risk of crew resentment! BUT, snacking can be a fun and rewarding pastime on the Plastiki. Pairing salty and sweet is always a treat – even when you have no choice! Or trying new sequences out (I tried seawead norri after Swedish fish yesterday) can be exciting for the stomach and mind.

Option #3:
Socialise. You’re limited in scope but not in depth. There’s 5 other people on board; usually 3 others are up and about. Most of the “How’s life? Where are you from?” questions have been gone over leaving the stage for progressive thought. These topics MIGHT include: “Why haven’t we caught any fish?” “Why are we moving so slow?” “Have you noticed xxxx eating too many snacks?”. And so on and so forth.

Option #4:
Film something. In addition to Max and myself, we have a couple Flip cameras and anyone can film if they fancy it. The content has been basic so far, but I’m guessing within a couple of weeks we’ll be charting some new territory. The Plastiki ‘New Wave’ is close so be prepared to be amazed.

Tertiary options include: 1) Asking Dave T about sailing stories 2) Cleaning 3) (Attempt) fishing 4) Stare 5) Blog.

I seem to have found myself on the verge of boredom. But I think it’s the healthy side of boredom. It’s like my brain is making room for new material. Like the first day at the gym – it always hurts the most.

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  1. Jessica says:

    You’re using Flip cameras? Ah, no wonder the shots are so tight. I didn’t realize how horrible those cameras were until I used one for a project – not sure why everyone recommended them to me at first. If you have any other digital cameras w/video, they work much better for getting the full shot and not cropping the tops of heads off plus you can get more peripheral views around your subject – we want to see more of you guys, and the ocean of course. :)) But yeah, probably hard to buy new ones out in the middle of the ocean? Pit stop purchase, perhaps?

    Great blog, though! LOVE it. I’m hooked.

  2. bernice richardson says:

    morning guess you could always go on an easter egg hunt vern lol glad that it’s on the healthy side of boredom for you, but just look around you there is soooooo much beauty on the sea, but anyway just looked in as i do every morning for the plastiki blogs and would like to wish everyone a very happy easter bernice x

  3. Laurel says:

    I love your descriptions, Vern! I’m glad you spend some of your time blogging; spend more! We watched Kontiki again last night, and one of the crew on that raft spent his time building an itty-bitty Kontiki balsa raft. If you get too bored, you could make an itty-bitty Plastiki, using…let’s see, gel capsules? Did you happen to bring lots of extra on board with you? Oh, but those would dissolve, I am corrected by my 12 year old. Tell Olav my son thinks he looks JUST like Thor Heyerdahl—-funny that.

  4. Crystalinda Morgan says:

    Keep on Blogging! Your writing is much appreciated and entertaining. You all are an inspiration showing us that there are many good ways to create awareness and be proactive.

  5. Melinda says:

    Your blog is my favorite. Love your honesty and humor. Keep writing! I am looking forward to hearing all the creative ideas that grow from your time away at sea.