Winter Break is Finally Here
15 October 2011 | Pikesville, MD
Dave/Cool 50 degrees
Well, it’s done! Midnight Breeze has been winterized and hauled out for the winter and Mary and I are leaving for Ft. Pierce, Fl tomorrow for a well deserved vacation. We are going to need it, as soon as we get back things get moving again. With the holiday season knocking on our front door and a retirement seminar in November we are going to be busy. But it’s not going to be all play and relaxation in Florida either. We have plans on driving down to Marathon and Miami to check out some Marinas for possible future use when we head south. We do have a little more work on Midnight Breeze when we get back. Last week we purchased a winter cover for her and with the purchase, the Canvas Store is sending a representative down to show us how to put the cover on for the first time. We also have the fresh water system to winterize. A day’s work and that’s it. AS I reflect back on this season I wished we had gotten out more. With the new boat being delivered in the first week of May and taking time getting to know her I was not as comfortable taking her out all the time. I waited for perfect weather and if there was a hint of bad weather we stayed in the marina. August and September were a wash because of the hurricane that dumped more than 14 inches of rain on us and 3 inches of that ended up in my basement. After that we had another 8 inches and the bay was not fit to sail in because of all the floating debris. Some of those that did venture out ended up with damage caused by this wash-off debris. So that brings us up to date for now.
Mary and I did make the sailboat show in Annapolis this past week and came away without spending any more money. Over the winter we will access our financial standing and determine whether we can add a wind generator or solar cells this spring. I know what you are going to say and after talking to some old salts at the boat show I’m back to thinking of solar cells first then the wind generator. I would get more use out of the solar cells in this area for the next two years than the wind generator so they may have to come first. I am also looking forward to going trick or treating with my grandkids this year.
Until next time stay safe!