It was a blustery, gusty weekend on the Bay so we decided to tackle part of boat chore list. The big winner? New hatch seals! We’ve had a leaky one and with 10+ years on the others it seemed like a good idea to replace them all. After reading some blogs (“It’s so easy!” and “It’s horribly difficult.”) and watching some YouTube videos, we were ready! We used genuine Lewmar replacements to increase our chances of success and figured the extra expense was worth it. We learned a lot on the first one and took time to clean up the frames and seal tracks. It took a lot of muscle, and getting the windows back on took some patience, but they turned out great!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
That never happens. You NEVER bring stuff onto the boat that you don't really need, right? But what if it's sentimental? What to keep and what to get rid of is a big struggle for any family, but it can be gut-wrenching when downsizing this drastically. I have hauled this chunk of wood around since early 2004. It's not a remarkable chunk of wood, and it wasn't even a part of holiday memories. But, it was hers. I moved it and I stored it. And now that I've taken a paddle bit to the underside of it so that it can fit over the pot holders on the stove, it is part of our home and my memories of her are reinvigorated. Welcome aboard, Virginia Rose.
This was my grandmother's cutting board. I love it, and I love the extra prep area!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
It's sort of a family tradition. When we all hop in the car to head somewhere, someone calls out, "on the road again!" This weekend we are enjoying the other "road," the Rhode River in Maryland. During our last time living in the area the Rhode was a favorite destination--good holding for the anchor, little road noise (though sometimes in the arrival path for BWI!), abundant wildlife, and a quick jaunt from our home marina--so it was a no-brainer as we headed out for our first over-nighter since returning. We anchored before sunset, had a great family meal on deck, watched the moon rise...it was perfect. I am at peace here this morning, anticipating a very lazy return trip in light air. But my mind is also on my friends in FL and fellow boaters across the Caribbean in the wake of Irma.
Friday, September 1, 2017
We have been back abooard for six days now. Six glorious days! It is admittedly a challenge to get the boat put back together while working full time and 2-3 hours of commuting daily, but we are making it work! The remnants of hurricane Harvey will slow us down a bit this weekend, but i have high hopes of a little underway time!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
I know, it's been a while, but I think we are finally almost home! After a month on the hard in Mississippi, a quick truck ride north, and what is turning into almost a month on the hard in Maryland, our crew is finally almost home! New jobs/locations are underway, and new classes/schools start soon!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
With a few months left in a house, it's time to get serious about boat projects. Before I tackle the cushions, I decided to make a Lifesling cover to get back into the swing of things. I'm pleased! I haven't fitted it to the boat yet, but i love how it turned out. I really love the Phifertex pocket and bottom.