09/08/2009, Sodus Bay Haul out slip
They say the art of crusing had more to do with fixing your boat, than actually sailing it...... and so it starts.
After an exhaustive but fun weekend it started...... The shower sump, which except for a few blonde hair balls, and which has worked flawlessly for the last six years decided last night to stop working. I'll have to work on that later.
This morning we pulled over to the hauling slip to remove the masts. THAT went very well thanks to the great work by Mike Dwyer. The masts are safely stored on deck.
The other chore today was to get the bottom inspected to finish the survey. Well, the wrestling match I had with that rock at Mulcaster, in which I had won, or thought had won.....it turns out the rock won. When the boat came out of the water there was a big chuck of fibreglass missing from the aft end of the keel.
I spent the rest of the day going though 4 containers of MarineTex and several layers of glass to repair it. As of Tuesday evening the boat is still in the slings curing with the help of a heat lamp. I had things to do in town tonight including the foot rub I missed last night.
More to come when I get a chance about the party Saturday night and the sing-along on Sunday.
09/07/2009, Lock 23 on the Erie Canal
We picked up Edward and Susan in Rochester and drove out to Oswego. Loaded up the boat with the last the food and supplies. After an almost good nights sleep (must be a million things to worry about before a trip like this) we said our good byes to Beckie and headed for the first lock. This was my first time bringing my own boat through a lock, Way different than the Sam Patch. First of all it mine and it's not a steel boat. We did well... no mishaps. We headed down to lock 7 & 6 which is only less than a mile away where we found out there construction on lock 5. We had to hold up until they called us. It wasn't until after 12 that they finally let us go. Long story short - we got to lock 23 at 6PM....... 21 miles in 11 hours. Not bad for the first day.
09/01/2009, WalMart Parking lot
We left the Walmart parking this morning with a Jeep full of dry goods and canned food, snacks and paper products, one cup meals and condiments. Enough to feed 11 different people over 3 months going more than 2000 miles. I either bought all the wrong stuff or not enough of anything.
We still have to do the fresh food, frozen foods and liquids (of course including wine, beer and rum) OH and water.
I also have to find someplace to put it all....Time will tell. But I know we're not going to starve.