From Trip South Fall 2011
Well we are floating again and essentially ready to go but there is a gale warning right now so we are sitting in the basin in Harpswell near the marina. It is really beautiful and yesterday we saw a loon, a seal and some pretty sea ducks near the boat. This afternoon, the rain has set in and it is supposed to blow tonight.
It feels funny (and pretty darn sad in some ways) to have put away the camper, our truck, Jon's MGB, said goodbye to our land and all of our accumulated non-boat possessions, plus goodbyes to family- AGAIN as we embark on yet another southbound trip.
You might think we'd be relaxing now but there are always plenty of last minute projects & new issues to deal with as we try to start using each system after 5 months of sitting. After having what felt like a honeymoon this summer traveling around in the camper, we find ourselves weary of the hassle & expense that goes with getting ready to go cruising- especially up here in New England. Everything from seemingly endless rain & fog that made it impossible to get a decent finish on our mast paint to having to pay ridiculous prices for boating equipment to the increasing tug of family and simpler pleasures makes it hard to keep the focus. More than ever, this choice that we have made costs a bundle. In this economy, this is a rich man's sport! We are well aware of the price of what we're doing and hope it will unfold to be what we hope it will be. Getting on our way to Vero Beach would be a nice start! We will keep to our motto of as long as we're having fun... we'll keep going. But I guess we can't start that just yet as we're not going yet!
Yesterday, we finished putting the sails on, installed a new windex at the top of the mast since we broke the old one off by accident when the mast was down, ran the generator for the first time since replacing the exhaust hose and had to get back in there and re-tighten the hose clamps, ordered up a new Yanmar engine that we plan to install in Florida in late November (oh goodie, more projects), continued to mess with the wiring on our SSB to get get less interference, filled & polished our fuel, changed filters and wrestled with other little projects. I took a nice run and since we have excellent free internet here, we blobbed out with the heat blasting & watched a movie last night. Today we worked together on getting our new wind generator going and it is now making us power, we rebuilt the head sink to make it safer and drain properly and then we took a long walk ashore.
So that is where things stand right now. Can't wait to get south.
10/21 Looks like we have a window for tomorrow. Yahoo!