Happy Mothers Day
09 May 2021 | Stuart Fl
Sally Stearns | Hot, Humid and Sticky
Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there. I had a lovely facetime visit with our daughter this morning. It was great to see her, the grand girls and hubby. Thankfully all are doing well. We have no plans for the day, with our family all far away, staying in, doing some reading and relaxing seems a good way to spend it.
The past month plus have sped by, the year is really going by in a blur. We haven’t done anything remarkable but the time passes and we keep busy. The weather has taken on its summer patterns early and it has been hot and sticky. We’ve spent numerous nights at the condo where we have a/c and it is easier to sleep. Many of the folks at the marina have left for up north. Without any activities going on in the marina it has been a very quiet season.
Light Reach comes out this Thursday in Indiantown. We’ll take her up the river on Wednesday and spend the night of the face dock. We have already brought two loads of stuff to the condo for summer storage. Although there is still plenty left to unload and loads of chores left to do. I need to wipe down the lockers and interior with vinegar and water and get her cleaned up for the summer. We can’t leave anything on board that has plasticizers in the handles or case. The interior gets so hot it leaches out and the item either becomes really sticky or melts. This week Scott transferred diesel into the main tank and found his gloves he used for the task a melted mass of goo. It makes for a fun task finding a place to stash all of the stuff in the condo. And another challenge to remember where we stashed it when we go back in the water in the fall. We often remark we should have gone with a two bedroom unit, so w e could dedicate an entire room to boat stuff.
We’ll be making a few trips up once she is on the hard to get the teak covered and all the thru hulls and openings plugged to keep the bugs and bees out. We need to get the canvas down and of course it needs some repairs. Which are on the list for the summer. I so look forward to fighting with the sewing machine.
This is the last year for our dingy. She isn’t holding air worth beans and is beyond repair with the number of leaks she has developed. We stopped cleaning the bottom because we were doing more harm than help. Her final trip will be up to Indiantown where she’ll be relegated to the dumpster. There is a crack in her transom as well. We’ve decided not to replace her until fall. Hopefully we will have an easier time finding a new dingy than we did finding a new dingy motor.
The picture is of the barge/boat used to inspect the moorings, you can see our poor wounded dingy in the foreground. She’s on life support, the captain pumps her up every morning.