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Springtime can be a good time for a personal haul out


The arrival of April signals the arrival of spring. In many areas there are signs of new growth. Trees start to bud and new plant life begins to push up through the soil. It’s a time of new life, growth and regeneration.

It’s not a bad idea to follow Mother Nature’s lead. Do you feel the need for some personal spring cleaning? Well, these next couple of months may be the perfect time.

We all know yachts need to be hauled periodically. The growth below the waterline that is slowing the performance of the vessel needs to be power washed away. Barnacles need to be scraped off. The props and rudders that move and steer the yacht must be inspected. Zincs that control corrosion may need to be replaced. Then there are all the little projects that have been put off that need attending to. It’s quite a process. It’s quite a productive process. In the end, everything feels tightened up and ready for another season. Sounds good, right?

Well, maybe it’s time for a personal haul out.

Sometimes we need to haul ourselves out and clean off what’s been slowing our performance. We may need to check what is moving and steering us, our personal props and rudders. Our thoughts, habits and beliefs may have to be looked at. How is our fuel system doing? Is our personal fuel flowing clean and efficiently feeding our engine? If our personal performance has been a bit sluggish, we may want to do some troubleshooting to figure out the causes. We all know a good mechanic or good engineer on board doesn’t mask over engine problems. They get to the cause and fix that. It’s not always the easy way but it’s the right way.

Taking that approach with our personal operating systems can be quite beneficial to us. It’s not always easy. In fact, it can be quite challenging and even painful, depending on what we’re facing. Honest assessment can be tough but also really good for us. It can be an awakening that stimulates our new growth, our new beginnings and really moves our personal haul out forward.

So far I’ve been addressing the inner work of your haul out, but there could also be work on the outside. What about those projects you’ve put off? How about those decisions and situations you’ve avoided? Well, what better time than to join in and be part of all that spring time energy?

How’s your clutter situation? Are there things, stuff, that need to go? There’s a whole industry around clutter management these days. There is so much stuff flying around and we all collect more than we really need. What can you release? Maybe there are others who could benefit from some of your stuff. It always feels good when we donate and someone in need benefits from something that was lying around and not needed in our lives anymore.

How about self-care? Are you putting off that check-up, exercise or yoga program? It’s spring, a great time to get your life force aligned and regenerating. Think about that bud of a plant busting out from the soil or the caterpillar forcing its way out of the cocoon. We have that same life energy inside us. If it feels kind of dormant after a long winter, then it’s time to wake it up.

It might be time to bust out of the cocoon. The clocks have sprung ahead bringing longer days of sun energy. Maybe it’s time to spring ahead yourself. It really literally feels like going with the flow, if you think about it. All the life around us is going in one direction so it just doesn’t seem right to be withdrawing or shrinking from life right now.

So, personal spring cleaning or a personal haul out, I like it. We’ve all heard the expression that we can’t fool Mother Nature right? So we might want to try rolling with her. It always feels better to paddle with the current than against. A long paddle against is just exhausting and it can be hard to make a lot of headway.

So catch that ebb tide out to the open sea and begin your new journey. A new life always awaits us. Join in nature’s parade; it would be a shame to let it pass you by. Enjoy the voyage.

Rob Gannon is a 25-year licensed captain and certified life and wellness coach. He offers free sample coaching sessions and can be reached at Comments are welcome at



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One thought on “Springtime can be a good time for a personal haul out

  1. Nancy Knobbs

    Googling the web for information regarding springtime haul outs, looking for inspiration for my monthly Commodores article for our club’s monthly newsletter, and I happen upon Rob Gannon’s article in The Triton posted back in 2015. Spot on Rob. I’m not into plagiarism so no worries, but I will reference your article in mine and hope that others will find it amusing as well as life affirming. As the Irish say, “Good on ya Lad!”.

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