We went down to the boatyard to see Passage on her cradle last Sunday, and it was amazing that it took just 20 minutes to get there! When we got to the boat, we packed up a few things to bring home for the winter as well as started to look at the holding tank to determine how we will remove it. We also realized that the existing toilet is built on a fiberglass shelf in the head, so I figure that we need to cut it down so that the Nature's Head isn't too tall to sit on. At least we have the winter to determine the best way to address this challenge.
It's been tough the last week and a half realizing that fall is solidly here, and I don't get to go sailing every weekend anymore (at least not until next Spring). But it's also given me time to start assessing our project agenda as well as refocus on things we have totally ignored for the last five months...namely, our condo! We've cleaned it pretty much top to bottom (who needs spring cleaning when you've got fall?!), held a Halloween party, and I've finally started working on bench cushions for our front window seat.
Once I finish the cushions for home I will be adding batting to our v-berth cushions, refitting the existing main cabin cushions, and sewing slipcovers for all of them, too. Both of my parents have separately told me how amazed they are that I do so much myself...considering my non-experience before we bought Passage this past May, in hindsight I guess it is pretty amazing!
As we've started our journey this year, we've both learned so much; I can't believe how much has happened in the last six months! We've come, we've messed up, we've learned, and most importantly we've been inspired to keep going. We now have a good 6-7 months before we can launch Passage next spring, so that'll hopefully be enough time to get our work done and convince our friends that we haven't completely disappeared from Chicago society! Overall, I'm starting to appreciate all this "free" time now that I can't go sailing...but that doesn't mean it won't be a loooong, tough winter...just check the Farmer's Almanac