A Visit from Moonlight Maid
21 April 2017 | Shelburne, NS
Yesterday afternoon and overnight the we had a very welcome visit from some sailing buddies of ours, Alan and Heather from Moonlight Maid. They are up from leaving their boat in Indiantown for a flying trip north to visit friends and family and scope the area. Their plan is to head back in July to bring the Maid north for the summer to live aboard and cruise NS and area before bringing her out for the winter here in Canada. I put the bug in their ear about the possibility of heading south instead with us this fall to buddy boat but we will see what that brings. If not we may be able to at least cross wakes with them during the summer.
Surfacing of Nelleke
20 April 2017 | Shelburne NS
Mike/never arriving spring
It has been a while hasn't it? So long in fact I have forgotten my password to sailblogs! Sorry, Tim. I guess that happens as you get older.
The good news is that it was a very simple process to open it up again and get a new password. Thanks, Tim.
After a year and a half on the hard barb and I are going through serious wind and salt water with drawl. Our plan is to head south Tuesday of next week, flying into Palm Beach and taking a rental car to Indiantown Marina we're not like her has been patiently waiting for us. We are going to get her in the water as quickly as possible and get on down to Stewart to wait for a weather window to bring her back to Canada. Our plan is to use her to cruise the South Shore of Nova Scotia the summer and then this fall we will head to Bermuda and from there to the British Islands and points south for the winter upcoming.
There are some things that I am planning to do a board such as: re-plumbing everything for the freshwater system, reinstalling the ships computer, and anything else that does need doing. However, we can't ignore that there will probably be additional things the time on the hard will require us to do. I suspect I may need to change the battery banks. I would also like to re-organize the anchor appointment on the bow. By that I mean I would like to set something up that would facilitate switching anchors to the chain road since that is our go to means of anchoring. We will still retain the secondary road for those rare occasions that we need to put out two hooks. I am also going to rig a lifting mechanism on the side of the boat to facilitate hauling the dinghy up onto the cabin roof for offshore passengers. I do not want to have the dinghy on the David's for our trip to Bermuda in the BVI's, but more immediately I do not want to doing it on the davits for our trip from Florida back to Nova Scotia. There are a number of other smaller things that if we're stuck on the hard waiting for a launch I can do, and in fact the only things that I absolutely must do once were in the water if required is replace the battery bank. I don't feel like carrying eight batteries up a 10 foot ladder to get them all on deck.
This summer, and for the cruise this fall I'm not sure I'm going to be posting every day as well as my habit on previous cruises. This is mostly because we will be offshore and out of Internet range for protracted periods of time, also, I must admit, I suspect I will have many more things to do.
One other important detail that I should pass on to those who have been regularly following my posts in the past, our crew has diminished by one. Perrywinkle, our little white schnauzer and security officer has left us so we will be sailing without a dog. He's left a big gap in our lives and Bird and I both agreed that it will be several years before we can face even trying to replace him. A number of our cruising friends have met him so I'm sure you will understand.
Sigh. Spring still ain't here......
08 April 2016
Barb and I are waiting with baited breath, knotted stomach, clenched fists, tears in our eyes...... for the damn snow to finally just frig OFF! Tomorrow and the next day will be the last snow that I can foresee and then any precip will be rain. Maybe then we will get the work done in Fidelia (have I blogged yet that is the name of our Westfalia? Fidelia the Wesfalia. Poetry, eh?) and we can get on the road south to Nelleke and start to stock her up for the cruise next winter.
We have both been working on getting toned up to get something closer to what you might look at as a beach bod. Of course Barb has less to do than not-so-little old me. I had ballooned up to 245 and decided that after Christmas I was going to target 200 as a goal. I have managed to divest myself of 15 pounds of suet and have twice that still to go. I go to one of the two gyms in town and am inspired by the women hard bods and aspiring hard bods that go there. Not many men, sadly. I figure that I should meet the objective by September. I could do it more quickly if there was a pool where I could do laps or if I could share the arthritis in the ball of my left foot so I could do some roadwork, but what the hey. I am doing what I can.