"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

March 2, 2011

Mar. 2 – Final Preparations

Stan spent yesterday afternoon changing the oil, oil filter and fuel filters.  As you can see from the picture there isn’t a lot of room in our engine room, so it isn’t a job he loves to do. He said it felt good to have it done.

This morning we took the boat over to the Harbor Refuge and filled the fuel tanks.  I’m sure it will be the cheapest diesel we will find for quite awhile.  They usually just service the shrimp boats that dock there…but Stan has made friends with the guy who runs the place and we have gotten diesel there a several times.  The only bad thing was we had to be there at 7:00 AM!  It was a beautiful crisp morning and it felt nice to be on the water.

I have been taking loads of clothes and last minute items to the boat each time I go.  I plan on shopping tomorrow afternoon for the last grocery items.  I’m beginning to think it might be easier just staying on the boat….but I hate to leave my house just yet.

Stan changing the oil and filters
 Self serve diesel
 Harbor Refuge -  fill her up!


  1. Best wishes on your travels. May you have fair skies and following seas!

    We're happy to be following you. The Pearl looks great in that last photo!

  2. Hi Susie, I saw your comments on the MV GUMBO blog. We would sure like to meet you all during the trip. Have you done the trip before, we have several times. We have also made the trip from Houma to Houston and back in our previous boat, SPIRIT, a Camano 31. If you have any questions please let me know my address is stwillettataol.com
    The Monks are sure great boats for the trip

  3. So excited for you both! The trip of a lifetime awaits you! See you this weekend.