26 November 2018 | Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart Fl
Sally the wind is blowing
Thanksgiving dinner was a smashing success and we both ate way more than we needed. There were well over a hundred or so that turned out. Lots of delicious side dishes and desserts along with the turkey. We had a wonderful time.
We made the conscious decision not to leave the marina by car on black Friday. After breakfast and tidying up the boat I finished the last of the teak that needed to be scrubbed. The decks need to be washed again and the sides of the hull could use a little attention. The black from the teak had to go somewhere even though I tried (in vain) to stay on top of the run off.
The one problem with a Turkey Day pot luck is that there are no leftovers. That’s kind of a bummer. After a bit of arm twisting by the Captain we decided to walk into town and have lunch at Luna’s. Scott had a jones for one of their Stromboli. It wasn’t meant to be as they were all out. He ended up with some pizza while I had soup and salad sans romaine. Afterward we walked around town a bit where we spent 0 dollars and then walked back to the marina and the boat.
It was quiet in the morning yesterday so we took the opportunity to bend on the jib. It went pretty well. We are now a sailboat again! Hurrah! We are just about ready to head further south. We have a couple of parts ordered for the dingy motor that we are hoping will get here before we leave. There was a cruisers pot luck and grill last night but I had failed to check the e-mail so we missed it. Instead we had a quiet dinner on board.
Today was laundry day. I really hate doing the laundry and the size of the bag verified my procrastination. One of the issues here is that the laundry and locker rooms are closed everyday from 11:00 to 1:30 for cleaning. If your laundry is in the machines when the area shuts down for cleaning its held hostage until the rooms open back up at 1:30. The access to the locker rooms is through the laundry room which is between the mens and ladies locker rooms. I never seem to be able to get everything together on the boat and get the laundry to shore in time to make the morning window. In order to wash, dry and fold I need to be in there by 8’30 or so. And that’s too late to beat the morning rush to use the machines. Making the bed, coffee, breakfast and clean up(both the boat and us LOL) come first! A girl has her priorities. Plus we need to get it into the dingy and to shore. Hard to beat the people on the docks to the laundry in the AM.
If I’m on shore by 9;30 I can get the laundry through the wash and into the dryer before being tossed out for cleaning. ( That’s providing there are available machines, which at peak season can be an issue.) Not really a big deal leaving it in the dryer but an inconvenience. It’s actually better to do that then bring the laundry in at 1:30 because there is normally a hoard waiting for the doors to open to use the washers. Considering we live in t-shirts and shorts, and pretty ratty ones as that, wrinkling in the dryer isn’t an issue if the clothes sit.
Today we lugged the monster bag in and I got started while Scott returned to the boat. I spent the waiting time doing research on stack packs and main sail covers. We’re considering replacing ours. SailRite has some great videos on how to make them. What I really need for those jobs is a loft to work in. Manhandling that much material is a ferocious task.
The wind had kicked up considerably while I was on shore which makes getting the nice clean folded laundry back to the boat a bit of a challenge. We did manage to get it back dry and stowed in the proper lockers. I’ll do it again at least once before we leave. Life on a boat really is glamorous.
The picture is of the marina’s gas dock. It was taken from our cockpit when the wind was blowing rather hard from the South.