29 August 2013 | Jamestown, R.I.
After months of preparation and thousands of decisions it appears that we might be ready to head off. Our first decision of whether to do this crazy thing or not was actually made a few years ago - maybe 14 - when we returned from our first trip with our kids down the inland waterway to the Bahamas and back to Jamestown. We just had to do it again. This thing called life gets in the way and all of a sudden time is flying by. We saw a window - our son is out of college and our daughter is in her final year. "Quick - let's go - I think we can do it." Not so fast - we need to quit a few jobs - sell a house - sell 20% of the contents - move 90% of what's left into storage - find a home for 5% and move the remaining 5% on board. Our move from MA to RI also required that we change our registrations for two cars, change our licenses, change our healthcare, change our homeowners insurance -I'm sure I'm missing a few things.
Oh and we needed to "update" most of the major systems on Sanderling. So the refrigeration, fresh water, sanitation hoses, and drive engine have all had an update. While I appreciate that cruising is generally moving form one fix-it project to the next - I would prefer to keep the list as small as possible. While we were putting "a few" things on board yesterday, the flush/dry knob broke off in my hand. The heads are one of the few systems that didn't get an update. I was very proud of myself - no bad words - I just calmly found the owner's manual and went about ordering the replacement part - actually ordering two - as the other head is bound to go soon. I must be getting ready for cruising, because that might have caused a few bad words if we were in the middle of a mid-summer one week cruise. Now that we are almost cruising I have a day or two to fix what would take the boatyard an hour to fix.
More little "getting ready" projects today - but the list is getting shorter.