Growing up in flatland Saskatchewan tends to give one a rather skewed perspective on what the sky should look like - it should be full, open and visible for miles, not unlike the sea. Perhaps this is what drew us to the ocean and ultimately to buying a boat. Years ago I saw a quote from Jonathan Cape, it struck a cord and I have carried it around with me ever since.
"Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition. I admit, doubtfully, as exceptions, snailshells and caravans. The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place.
It is for that reason, perhaps, that when it comes the desire to build a boat is one of those that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky, so that you cannot think of anything else. You must build to regain your freedom. And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat, the boat that you may search the harbors of the world for and not find".