14 February 2020
Sally | Windy
Happy Valentines Day, and yes, we're still in Stuart.
Our daughter and her family are coming to Orlando over February break. They've invited us up to see them so it makes no sense to move before then.
The weather this winter has had its share of high winds, rain and cold fronts. It can make sitting in the cockpit quite uncomfortable. The wind whips through and even with the Dodger and Bimini rain gets everything wet. With the current and tides we don't always point into the wind even though we are on a mooring.
In an effort to increase our livable space I decided we need an enclosure. And having that anchor also known as a sewing machine collecting dust in the condo, I have taken on the task of making one. It's been a project! We've spent the past 4 days at the condo sewing. It takes two of us to manhandle the panels and to keep the damn finicky machine running. Once the sewing is complete we'll take it up to the boat to fit it and put on the fasteners.
It's made a nice break from the boat and the condo is an excellent sail loft. However, maintaining it and the boat, cleaning and provision wise is a bit of a pain. It also makes for a lot of a boaters main exercise, schlepping things. I've turned that into an art form! Invariably, something is always left behind no matter where we are currently sleeping and schlepping.
The picture shows two of the panels port side and rear. We attached them with clamps to begin the fitting process.