Friday, October 11, 2013

The Annapolis Boat Show and a Reflection on Dreams

The Annapolis boat show makes Grown sailors look like proverbial kids in the candy stores.  My only previous experience with boat shows having been limited to the one held at Navy Pier in Chicago, I was blown away by the size of the fleet and the flapping of so many brightly-hued company burgees.  Everyone made the best of the downright  drizzly weather--it has rained continuously for the last two days-- donned their foulies, and walked the docks to gaze in wonder at the glossy hulls and shiny, new gear.  For most sailors present, these shiny new vessels offer distant dreams that are merely impossible to realize, as D.H. Lawrence once noted, dreamers by day are a force with which to be reckoned.  We may not ever be able to afford our favorites, but we can make mental notes of the ideas and innovations that we can replicate on the boat we have.  The challenge is not to let all of the new ideas cloud or devalue our concept of the beauty that lies in wait in The Run.  Our boat is still beautiful, and she has a unique character that the orher brand-new Dehler at the show did not possess.  So, despite the fact that we left the show empty-handed, we have new memories, new friends, and a stronger will to craft bits of dreams into the one that has been taking shape for the last 4 years.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Aside from the galley project, we have gotten so much accomplished this summer (and when we get back from our honeymoon in France, I promise to post pictures to prove it... lol). 
We have:

1) Replaced both side windows with dark, smoke-tinted plexiglass
2) Cut out and replaced the porthole in the head with one we custom ordered from Marina Grossenbrode in Germany... you should have seen me translating the instructions.  oh meine Güte!
3) Replaced the front hatch (with another new, authentic Dehler hatch & hardware made by Marina Grossenbrode)  It has a "sherry" tint... it was that or clear.   But it actually complements the red striping really well.
4) Galley renovation
5) Installed new plumping lines and hardware for the galley sink
6) Installed a  3 gallon water heater under the port settee
7) Installed a Whale Twist Deck Shower in our cockpit

So, here's what's next on out list: 
1) We are in the process of replacing the transom cover's hardware and are planning how to turn it into a swim platform
2) Bimini
3) HEADLINER!!!! (my biggest "beef" with our boat)
4) Aft cabin renovation
5) Bow pulpit
6) Anchor-rolling system

*These really don't exist in any particular order, being as we are generally working on multiple projects at a time.  You've got to have something to do when fiberglass or resin is setting up, right?

Galley Refurbishing Job Complete

They say a picture can say a thousand words, so I'll limit mine to this, and then let you see a bunch of pictures.  We finally finished the galley refurbishing job, and it looks amazing.  In short, we stripped and sanding everything down, taped everything off, painted everything (and I mean EVERYTHING inside and out) hatteras white, and then used Giani countertop paint to create a brand-new classy looking finish. It's amazing how much it brightens up the boat.  See for yourself :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Just a lot of buffing, polishing, and waxing. *Both sides are actually done now, and it is likely the first time it has been waxed since the 1980s. We just have to get her bottom repainted and the prop shaft back in.  Which we can do now, because we just got a special delivery all the way from Marina Grossenbrode in Germany.  This company still makes/sells many parts for Dehlers.
We took out the settee cushions last weekend in preparation for the messes we are planning on making this spring.  We're going to attempt to fix all the cracks in the headliner and give the galley a total makeover: new galley top, new sink fixture, and a paint job. I'm so excited.  While I'm a little worried about my upcoming summer (and my non-contracted teaching job ending for the school year), I am looking forward to the idea of having lots of time to work on these projects.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Soul-Mateys 02/16/2013

Joel and I were married on Saturday, February 16, exactly 5 years after we had started dating.  We were married on a windy but beautiful day on Dune Allen Beach in the Florida Panhandle.  The day could not have been more perfect, and we know how blessed we are to be able to say that.  Of course, we took everything in our usual easygoing stride, too, which helps.  The locals all thought the 58 degree day was too cold and we had the beach all to ourselves... being as we'd come from 18 degree days and snow, we were plenty warm.  We had a decently-sized beach wedding with about 38 family members and friends.  Our reception was held two blocks away from the ceremony site at beautiful "Gulf Dream House" (search for it on VRBO under that name).  
We came back to work only a couple days after our wedding, but are looking forward to our honeymoon in France this summer.  Until that time, we've been coming directly home from work to work on restoring two smaller vessels  (a 19 and a 21 footer) that we need to sell in order to fully have Joel "moved-out" of his parent's house :)  Once these sailboats are finished, we'll be back to working on The Run full-time.  Here are just a few pictures of our special day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2 posts in one week? It is a miracle!

Yes, I can't believe it either! I managed to head to the lake for a few hours before I have to go back on call for work.... I managed to get the folding prop off though.  I really hated not having reverse on the boat and decided to put the 3 blade that also came with the boat on for the season.  I would like the fixed prop on anyways for cruising. 
I also managed to get the tailgate positioned but my hinges that I was going to use are not long enough... denied ....I am afraid to use the original hinges because they aren't robust enough to stand on.  Back to the internet!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It has Been a while...

Well, as the title says we haven't posted in a while.  We have been busy though, I promise! Emily and I have been moving ourselves and all the boat parts into our new temporary home. We leave for Florida next week for our wedding Hopefully things will go back to normal and we can really make some ground on boat projects. We also gained a new sailing companion. Emily found Boo At our marina and he has been a great crew member. His specialties include being hyper, attacking anything that moves, and functioning as our onboard garbage disposal.  Watch your fingers...he likes tuna.

I was fortunate to go on a sailing excursion with author and sailor John Kretschmer to the Bahamas and back. He even talked me into going on he and his wife's French canal boat trip in July for our late honeymoon.  Lots going on.  Lots to do.  But I am excited what the future will bring.  Everyday puts us closer to running south.