Monday, September 10, 2012
Well, for once in my life, I may have a decent excuse. Joel and I spend most of our free time simply talking. We're planning a wedding, and though it took us (okay, me) a while to get the guts to plan the wedding that we truly want (a Grayton Beach wedding including only our closest relatives... instead of the initially-planned Carlyle Lake wedding, which would've had a guest list of about 200 because we felt like we had to invite that many), we're so much happier and more excited. This February 16, 2013, Joel and I will be celebrating 5 years of dating and begin the rest of our years as a married couple. Pretty cool, huh? The rest of our thoughts dwell on our life goals. Obviously, we want to go cruising before we get anchored by some of the great, but heavy, things in life (kids, etc). However, we need some funds to do that, and we also want to get accustomed to married life before we confine ourselves to a sailboat for extended periods of time. We're dealing with some big questions/challenges, and there are no simple answers.
Believe it or not, we have accomplished some work on the boat since our last entry in May. Joel installed a storage compartment in the galley where the old broken cooler used to be. I refinished the salon floor. I got a lot more sailing/coving out experience... most recently this weekend, when we were sleeping through winds sustained at 10 and gusting at 16 knots or more). We found out what it's like to have to re-anchor at 5am because you've dragged 200 feet. We installed our new Dieball headsail and are giddily pleased with the ability to unfurl/furl it as we wish.
In short: we're figuring things out, slowly but surely. About ourselves, about our boat, and about our future.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Secondly, I became a first time storm-chaser... or storm-chasee? I was on my way from work to the marina (an hour-long drive) when the second of three massive thunder/hailstorms in the metro area caught up with me. The sky from behind me turned a deep slate-gray and within the first 15 minutes of my trip I was engulfed in a torrent of rain and hail. Forced to pull off of rural route 50 due to NO visibility, I sought shelter next to the barn of the first house I could find. I couldn't see or hear anything for 15 minutes except the streaks of golf ball and fist-sized hail pounding against my care from every direction and bouncing up after hitting the ground. I'm not normally afraid of storms, and it's intimidating to know that you have no option other than to take what nature hits you with. Anyway, long story short, the hail eventually stopped and though I had to pull over one other time because of the heavy rain and fog, I made the trip to the marina in just under 2 hours slightly hopped up on adrenaline but otherwise no worse for the wear.
Finally, we got the mast up this weekend and are very pleased to be the owners of a sailboat again. The only downside is that the drum on the new roller-furler is slightly too big to fit in the same area as the bow-pulpit, but that pulpit can be cut and modified. We can't wait to try out the furler!
|towards the end of the hailstorm... you can actually see beyond the car|
|On my second stop in Trenton, all of the streets/curbs were lined with drifts of hail|
|Joel drilling holes for the new backing plates in the mast.|
|it speaks for itself :)|
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Here we are laying on the beach siesta key Florida and other than making"wedding plans" I keep thinking of what we are going to accomplish next on the boat. We received our order from rigging only. I Highly recommend your services! A few modifications are required for the new t ball backing plates. Both the lowers were snapped in half. The mast had a recall years ago. Apparently no one fixed it.... bits when we are finished the rigging should be in good shape. We got a few new ideas from my uncle for the interior. I really look forward to trying it out! Well I am going to ho back to relaxing with the sound of the surf in the background. Maybe the next post will ne about raising the mast. Until next time, fair winds.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Replace standing rigging (shipping in as we speak :)
Order new head sail *check :)
Refurbish galley area
Build an ice box where the old/super in-efficient/broken drop-in fridge was
Urethane the salon floorboards
Line the aft cabin with insulation & new carpeting
Have new aft cabin cushions made
Fix cracks in headliner
Since I won't have any summer classes for the first time in 3 years, this list actually looks do-able :)