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Productive Weekend

04 June 2012
Due to a lousy weather forecast, we set about chores… Laurie did a marvelous job of Spring Cleaning – waxing and buffing the entire bathroom and cleaning all the headliners and floor. The place looks great!

I attempted to equalize the batteries – they were certainly all bubbling away and trying to gas us with hydrogen! – but the voltage didn’t go up to 15+V – so I’m not entirely certain I’ve achieved anything. Anybody know anything about equalizing using a Prosine 2 Inverter? I also fiddle-farted around with other very important tasks but I can’t remember what they were!

We were hoping to re-start work on the bimini, but the wind and rain prevented any action.

We were quite exhausted by Saturday evening – so it was nice to have Mike and Jane come over and give us a perfect reason to stop. We even managed to finish the evening in the cockpit – and noticed that a large ship was anchored outside of NEB. In the morning we saw that the ship was a boat transporter – apparently delivering about 30 boats from the Caribbean up to NEB for the summer.

Surprisingly, Saturday dawned bright and cloudless – not the forecast grey and grissly. We therefore set about waxing and buffing the cabin top. She gleams! Somehow I managed to stay focused on the polishing – but it was difficult in view of the marvelous sailing opportunity being missed – with winds at 15 – 20 almost constantly – but in the afternoon we managed a quick sail for a couple hours – up to Bristol and back again, in 12 – 15kts. The boat was sailing beautifully, and occasionally hitting over 8kts! Love it!
Vessel Name: Toodle-oo!
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Bill and Laurie Balme
About: New to sailing in 2004. Determined to circumnavigate some day!
Extra: We bought our first boat - a 30ft S2 -in 2004 and upgraded the following year to our Crealock 37 – a 'real' Blue Water boat. 2011 brings our final boat - an Outbound 44 - hull #27.
Toodle-oo!'s Photos - Main
20 Photos
Created 2 July 2012
16 Photos
Created 26 June 2012
Airshow and stuff...
18 Photos
Created 19 June 2012
Great Weekend
17 Photos
Created 11 June 2012
Menemsha with Mike and Jane aboard Jamin
16 Photos
Created 11 October 2011
25 Photos
Created 14 September 2011
Collected photos through 2011
27 Photos
Created 10 August 2011
15 Photos
Created 15 June 2011
3 Photos
Created 6 June 2011
Peter Sterrett, Mike Eslinger, Laurie and I on our way north.
20 Photos
Created 18 April 2011

Who: Bill and Laurie Balme
Port: Newport, RI