Winter is almost OVER!
08 March 2017 | Herrington Harbour South
Well - we are approximately 30 days from saying good bye to the employer (2nd retirement) and move into the WILD. The annual lease of our current slip expires at the end of the month. We have submitted cancellations for our electric service (at the slip) and we are in final prep-mode for shoving off.
The Hard Top STILL has not been delivered - since it is not yet finished! I won't be recommending this guy to anyone!...I plan to go pick it up this weekend and finish it myself...BUT all other major "winter work" is complete.
The rigger will do our survey this week and run some new "gadget" lines through the main mast (cell repeater antenna, new VHF antenna). We have also adapted a legacy Track-It TV system to handle our long range WiFi parabolic antenna so it will stay locked onto a signal at anchor.
All travel arrangements have been made to send the car back to the Florida villa (we close on 10 March) which will be our new "home base" as we start our Caribbean adventure this year.
Haul-out scheduling is complete and all appointments are made with respective service providers to do the work (bottom job, thru-hull replacement, chain plate inspection, insurance survey, hull compound/wax and some teak repair).
This weekend we will de-winterize and start the cosmetic clean-up from Winter's grime that has settled onto the decks and running rigging. Winter tarps come off (yeah)!...electric heaters and the other "stay warm" gadgets will be shipped back to storage (never to be needed again!!!)...and the dink shifts from the foredeck to the davits.
Spring is in the air (even though the weatherman is predicting some snow flurries this weekend)!...and we will soon have time to ourselves to focus on our vessel instead of work!...We LOVE retirement!