5-30-18. Our departure is getting ever closer! We are excited, but also quite overwhelmed in getting ourselves to the point of throwing off the lines. Sharon has developed some medical issues that will delay our leaving a bit. We originally planned on leaving about June 5 or 6, but it will now most likely be on or around June 27 or 28. No problem! She also is officially retiring from her work on June 1, so she is looking forward to having a lot more time. This week also saw the “passing of the manuals” from her term as Elder Chair at our church, so that is another thing for her to have off her plate. Dave is no longer working and has been spending a lot of time getting the boat ready to go. A lot has been accomplished, but there is still a list of things that would be good to be done before we leave.
In the past two weeks I have built a shelf system for our large lazarette. This will make stowing things in there so much easier – I hope! I also upgraded our speakers in the cockpit, installed a line organizer – of course meaning I had then to fix a water leak to the stern shower as I must have bumped it and broke a connection in climbing in and out of that small, deep lazarette. I also cleaned the bilge as it was getting quite grungy. I have found that on a boat when you do one project, it almost always leads to another one. As an example, the whole bilge cleaning was a result of my attempting to wire my secondary bilge pump and alarm (which I cannot for the life of me figure out!). Obviously the pump is in the bilge so I saw how dirty it was! After cleaning the bilge I noticed the condensation water hose ended in a stringer of the boat instead of running into the bilge. I also noticed the hose was kinked where it left the air conditioner unit, so off to West Marine I went again for 3/8″ water hose.
Sharon and I also put the headsail on this past Saturday and installed a new Mantus Anchor Swivel. I have not always been a fan of a swivel connecting your chain to your anchor as they say it can be a point of failure. But Mantus makes things very beefy and this looks strong and has rave reviews. We’ll see how it goes! It will be nice to retrieve the anchor and not have to twist it and the chain all around to seat on the roller. Oh, of course that lead to another project as the pin to lock the anchor onto the boat doesn’t fit with the swivel, so I’ll have to figure out another way to insure the anchor doesn’t bounce around up there.
That’s it for now Our daughters are hosting a Bon Voyage Party for us this coming Saturday at Muskegon Yacht Club so we are looking forward to that.
Enjoy the pictures below!
I should add that the Boat Card picture is of the cards we will be taking along with us to share with others. We will also keep a notebook to keep the boat cards we will get from others we meet along the way.