Now we begin the task of pulling up our ground tackle in preparation for the trip North. We have decided to spend the summer exploring more of the upper East Coast and spend time with family. We’ve readied the boat by changing out the head and re-plumbing the entire system. New holding tank, hoses and y-valves make it so much easier and cleaner. Our mainsail is done and should be on this week. I’ve re-engineered our shower area to (hopefully) improve a couple quirky issues and re-glassed some bulkhead tabbing that has come loose over the years. That’s a major relief. We’ll be getting new batteries and a new instrument panel for the iron jib (diesel) and we’ve upgraded our anchor thanks to Mantus Anchors. Our new Mantus 45 lb. anchor, chain and new rode should hold us securely in all those tricky anchorages up north.
Just as soon as it began, it’s time to think about the end. We’ve settled in so easily here in Ft. Lauderdale and it’s now time to begin preparations for leaving. Amazing how quickly time has passed here and in that short amount of time how many friends we’ve made here. I (Chris) have had the pleasure of working with an amazing crew at KSCKreate and my friend Margaret. She has, through her trust in me to work for her, single-handedly provided us with the ability to make desperately needed repairs / upgrades to V and without that, we’d be severely inhibited in our ability to move great distances.
The “Salty Girls” that Melody has connected with are wonderful. My girl getting time with other incredible boating women has been great. Brittany (s/v Asante), Jessica (m/v Felicity), Tasha (s/v Hideaway) and Emily… you are all AWESOME! Simply awesome and we appreciate your friendship and seriously hope our paths cross once we make the jump next year.
There is so much to do and as we cross one thing off the list another need pops up. As this occurs, we just have to prioritize and make the most serious upgrades first. The new furler, dodger, bimini and halyards have to wait. The hatch acrylic will be hazy for another season and the 1980’s upholstery will just have to suffice for another year.We’ll read up on the route and research the first destination. What to do with Jet for the first leg of the trip. What to do with the ugly-truckling. We have about six weeks to make the “plan” and I know I’ll be a little-bit sad, nervous and excited when we toss off the old, hard, crusty dock lines, depress the transmit button and utter the words, “Good morning 7th street bridge this is the outbound sailing vessel requesting an opening.”