About a week after my original boat paint had chipped off completely, I decided to visit a fishing boat decal company. Unfortunately, this meant stepping off my ship and onto the land, which I hadn’t done in several years. I’d acquired sea legs and forgotten how to walk on a non-moving surface, so when I departed my ship for the first time I fell straight onto my face. It was so embarrassing that it made me glad I am a solo pirate and didn’t have to have my fall witnessed by any crew members.

I’ll admit, I was a bit scared to think about the boat wrap cost since I had cut corners last time and ended up with a faulty product. How expensive would the actual, genuinely good version of a boat wrap be? Especially one that was vinyl and made by expert craftsmen. I guessed I would just have to find out.

Once I had gotten used to walking on land, the trek to the boat shed wasn’t too difficult. I didn’t own a car, so I had to walk the whole distance but it ended up being a good workout. The shed was located in the fishing district, surrounded by industrial warehouses and fishmonger markets. People were running about everywhere, preparing their catch for transport to the city and rolling their preprinted fish boat decal into bundles to take to the ocean. I wasn’t sure where I fit. After so long sailing solo on the ocean, you began to forget basic human pleasantries and manners. I didn’t want to appear too obviously like a pirate, though, so I made sure to brush my hair and shine my shoes before entering polite society. As I walked, I could see the decal shed in the distance. It was a modern thing, with freshly painted corrugated iron walls and windows that had beautiful stained glass in them.