03 December 2015 | Anna Maria, FL
I hope this finds you all enjoying the beginning of the Holiday season. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Anna Maria with a visit from Lisa and brother Denny and family. We have so very much to be thankful for and we always remember all those things and people at this time of year and I always resolve to continue to remember to be thankful as time goes by. I was reminded of what a cruising friend told me once upon a time. He related that his friends were always asking how he could afford to have a boat and go off sailing around the world. (A common misconception is that it takes a lot of money to live this lifestyle). Anyway, his answer was that he had won the lottery. The lottery of being lucky enough to be born in a country where, if you work hard and try hard you can succeed and do anything you want. So many in the world are denied opportunity, education and freedom just because of where they were born.
In addition to celebrating the holiday, we have been hard at work on the boat. Allegria is resting at dockside at a restaurant called the Seafood Shack in Cortez, which is a very short distance from our place in Anna Maria. We have begun the process of changing out the standing rigging (The cables that support the masts). I also have started replacing the fixed ports in the main cabin with opening ports, which should improve ventilation. It is requiring some fiberglass work, so the cabin is a huge mess right now, but things are progressing. There are numerous other small projects underway as well. As time goes by I’ll post some pictures of what we are doing.
We hope you all enjoy the Holiday season!