One thing I’m learning very quickly is that everyone on this boat has a routine. Even the pilot training me. He seems to have a pattern to how his day goes. He spends most of the day in the cabin, but I know after lunch he likes to take a nap if he can, and around 4pm he does power walking along the port side walkway on deck two.
The boat crew are the same way, our cook is in the kitchen prepping for about an hour after meal service and the hour before meal service. When he isn’t doing that, he’s either stocking and organizing or asleep on the floor in our cabin. Because I’m an “extra pilot” this leg I’m sharing a room with the cook and the deck boss. It’s pretty big, really clean, and has a private bathroom.
The boat hands and fisherman are always working on something here or there, I’m not sure yet what their routine is. But I’m confidant I’ll figure it out.
As for me, I don’t really know what I’m going to do. I spent most of the afternoon organizing my very tiny living space. Which is comfortable and cozy for me. At 5’7” I’m like a tall Asian standard – seriously, I’m one of the tallest guys on the boat, it’s kind of cool. I may never come back I could get used to this! (That is an exaggeration – I’m coming home I promise mom).
I’ve been putting some thought into my routine. I’m planning on waking up and checking the radars first thing in the morning, and then washing and pre-flighting the helicopter. Do this before breakfast. After eating take some down time to study and write. Then lunch, after lunch, wash the helicopter. Sometime between lunch and dinner move around, work the stairs, climb the ladders, walk around the deck do something. After dinner I’m going to grab my workout gloves and use the steel overhangs to do pull-ups, and the helicopter deck for pushups. Gotta try and keep strong out here.
Of course once we start fishing that routine will change, to accommodate the flying and fishing. But I think it will form a pretty constant mold for my day to day.
One thing is for certain – a routine is not optional, you’ll find one, if you try or not.