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

February 16, 2011

Feb. 16 - Getting Ready

We’ve been finishing up little project on the boat.  We finally got the boat name added to the dinghy.  We decided paint would probably hold up better than the vinyl letters on the bottom.  We had a stencil made to make it easier to paint.  Not bad for amateurs.

I defrosted the freezer and organized the lockers…Stan added a light in the lazarette and adjusted our flagpole on the stern.  He has a few more routine maintenance things to do in the engine room and we have a lot of personal items that still need to be moved to the boat.  Most of that can’t be done until the last week…but we are getting closer.  We are also taking care of last minute things around the house.

Stan adjusting the stencil
The stencil is on...ready for paint
A little black paint
The finished product

February 7, 2011

Departure Date

We have finally set a departure date…March 6. That will be one year after we first looked at this boat. The weather will play a major factor in whether we actually leave on that date. If a weather window opens a little before then…we will go, if the weather is threatening we will stay. We have to cross Matagorda Bay to reach the ICW, so we really don’t want a windy day. Once in the ICW we will be protected from the wind until we get to Galveston Bay. We really won’t have a schedule to keep once we leave…we will move on when we feel like it and the weather cooperates.

So many little details we need to take care of before we leave, but the list is getting shorter. It’s kind of scary and at the same time very exciting…a year of planning and now we are almost ready to leave.