05 January 2017 | Herrington Harbour South
Overcast, Breezy, Cold
Well - the Dodger and Hard Top Project continues to be delayed by our contractor - one excuse after another - but he does good work so we are being patient. Bad news is the weatherman is calling for some snow tonight and this weekend! UUUGH!
The boat is prepped for winter weather...the tarps are up. The RIB is on the fore-deck. The water tanks are sanitized and in full use...and the "winter survival" goodies are aboard (including the ice-eater in the water). The electric bill at the dock is climbing into its "winter range" since the "goodies" are running and keeping us warm.
With the new year - the count-down to full time cruising is on! On 1 April - we will cut the dock lines and be "transient" on the bay. Well - kind of...We will spend April and early May as a transient at the boatyard where we will haul out prior to our 1-month trip to Italy...then we will be on the hook after an early June "splash."
Appointments are on the winter calendar to work estimates for thru-hull replacement, bottom job, swim platform refurbishment; standing rigging inspection and repair (if needed - main focus is the 10 year old chain plates).
A new "toy" has arrived - our DJI Phantom Drone. I'd been sniffing the internet air waves for a great deal - Found It! Looking forward to putting this baby in action and doing some video work. Nothing better than an aerial view of your own boat in action! Although there are many missions for the drone (anchorage scouting, rigging inspection, video blogging [entertaining "land-locked family], locating navigation aids)...the list is long and exciting.
Still have MANY boat projects to complete this winter but most of them are inside (where its warm).
The Admiral will travel quite a bit this winter to prepare us for the cruising life - selling the main house (down-sizing) and buying the new house (retirement community-FL)...The Admiral (now a PhD) will walk for graduation in MAY at University; take me on a romantic trip to explore Italy (May - JUN); do a Church Mission Trip to Haiti (JUN); and a family visit to Wisconsin (late JUN-Early JUL). We have to ship the car down to Florida for storage (auto-train) and unload all of the "winter goodies" to the new house (garage) - since we are NEVER going back to "cold and wet" climes again! Then its "onto the hook" and gunk-holing the Chesapeake until hurricane season is waning for our trip down the East Coast to start the Bahamas adventure and on to Abaco, Exumas and Islands south.
We are EXCITED!
The photo this post is of the new Drone.