Boat2

First Mate’s Log

I never,  ever, ever thought I would blog.  I tried so many times to chronicle our daughters’ cute sayings, milestones and big landmarks.  But alas, as we downsized, I found several of those journals with two and three pages filled in, the last 50 or so pages empty and considered myself “not a journal-er”.  But hey, those were super busy days for me as a mom and at the end of the day, I only wanted sleep.  Technology is awesome, an empty nest helps, and having the youngest of those daughters be techie, help me set it up and be a great teacher is a plus.   So here I AM!!!   Thank you, Makenna ~ I am off and running to hopefully chronicle our life and times aboard our beautiful boat.

I’ll start with history ~ It has been almost exactly a year since the big home downsize and move from Colorado to Melbourne, FL . We downsized from 4200 square feet to a rental house here that is 1700 square feet. The boat was trucked via semi and follow-on vehicles  from Fort Collins to Titusville. Our household goods were in four Pack Rat units (we don’t recommend them btw). Pete, Makenna, our sweet dog Casey, two lovebirds and I caravaned our three cars, equipped with CB radios (Pete, once again, was Brilliant!!!) and trekked the 2,000 miles to our new land base. It’s still a blurrrrrr but it’s over. It took a few months for this girl to recover. A few days were spent on the hard in the boat yard in Titusville wiring the main and mizzen masts, having a crane relift them into place, installing lifelines again and various other things that had to wait until arrival. It was fabulous to see our beautiful completely newly done boat float again. I think we all heard her sigh and saw her smile. It was exciting to fill her with diesel, start up the new engine and sail her to her slip here in Melbourne.

Setting out from The Farm

Setting out from The Farm

We have done quite a few day sails, weekend sails and one long sail to The Keys last March which was my first overnight sail on the ocean.  Pete continues to encourage me that they will be more fun as I do them more.  He hasn’t been wrong when it comes to me and sailing so I trust.    It’s wonderful.  Each time contains new ‘adventurous’ things   These trips have all had the goal of shaking down almost all new equipment,  new systems, organizing ourselves on the boat and helping me renew the sailing skills I learned 10 years ago.  They are coming back sometimes slowly, sometimes fast and furiously, but it’s all fun.

Sunset in the Florida Keys

Sunset in the Florida Keys

If you would like to read any of the many articles Pete wrote for Blue Water Sailing magazine and see pictures of the refit/remodel as it went along section by section, here is a link to our family website where he chronicled  that part of the journey.   Check it out here.

Pete has researched and is installing a new refrigeration system this weekend, and solar panels are waiting for their installation next weekend!  Stay aboard!