For hundreds of years, ships fast and slow, large and small have recorded details of their voyages by way of daily entries written into the ship’s log book.
I was reminded of this the other day when I opened a drawer and saw one of my old log books from over 20 years ago. Out of curiosity I poured over my writings and great memories came rushing back. While there were some details about sea and atmospheric conditions, it was most fascinating to revisit the ports of call and people that made up my crew, as well as new people that we met. In my log book, I attached pictures taken on many of my offshore excursions that brought distant memories back to life again. My crew was invited to make an entry into the daily log and share their view of the experience. It seems there was no shortage of funny comments like, “Well, we only lost one engine today.”
But alas, times have changed. As the years went by, I began to develop a few basic computer skills and in 2005 discovered the performance boating forum OffshoreOnly.com. As I followed the OSO forum, it occurred to me that this could become my new “ship’s log.” Not only could a blog on the forum be a daily record of an interesting voyage but had the advantages of gathering information from hundreds of knowledgeable (and some not so knowledgeable LOL) boaters that would be invaluable in planning and executing a trip. In addition, events of the trip including pictures can be shared with family, friends, and essentially the “world” in real time. Since I discovered this modern day “log book” we have recorded dozens of events covering thousands of miles of offshore performance boating and visited the waters of 22 countries and territories.
I have to say that while I do enjoy the blogging and recording on the Internet that we do today, it was refreshing to stop and flip through the pages of my old log books from years gone by. So if you’re planning a trip with your boat, whether inshore or offshore be sure to “log or to blog” so that years from now you can look back and remember “the good old days.” I did and it was well worth it!
Bobthebuilder is a frequent contributor to the OSO forums. If you’re a forum member and would be interested in writing for the OSO magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org.