Back on the Boat
21 February 2016 | Cortez, FL
We moved back on the boat after the first week of February, as we had the house rented after that time. Molly almost had to be evicted from the house and she came along, kicking and screaming. Needless to say, we really enjoyed our Holiday time there, and it allowed for a much more relaxed way to work on the boat than last year.(Living aboard while hauled out of the water in Titusville.)
We managed to get quite a few projects done. The big ones were replacing the standing rigging (the wires that hold the masts up), and removing the old fixed ports in the main cabin and replacing them with opening ports. That required quite a bit of fiberglass work and painting. We also rewired and upgraded the controller for the windlass, replaced a lot of the teak in the cabin floor, replaced a defective battery monitor, load tested the batteries (I was worried that they were at the end of their lives, but they tested good), renewed some of the plumbing to the holding tank, had the bent prop repaired, built two new rope lockers from unused space on the port side of the boat, reoiled the cockpit grates, repaired (hopefully permanently) the propshaft brake, repaired and painted the cabin ceiling where the old radar unit used to be, replaced the broken main hatch and rebedded the forward hatch, reworked the gas line to the propane water heater and added a solenoid, installed a new stove/oven, moved the wind generator switch to a more convenient location, repaired the dinghy chaps, reinstalled the Campbell pump on the watermaker and installed a new filter system and Ion Generator to help avoid future problems, and we also did the annual maintenance on the outboard, main engine and sails. There were probably several others I don’t recall or have forced out of my mind.
We originally planned to leave as soon as we were back on the boat, but with all the work and the nasty weather, we have now decided to stay in the marina until the end of February. We are still tying up loose ends and finding spots for all the stuff we have on board. Our current plan is to take the truck back over to Denny’s this weekend and then head south and then over to the Bahamas. As you may have surmised, our plans are written in the sand at low tide, so we’ll see how it goes.