“Babe?” Steve yells from the forward hatch that we are replacing (so really just a hole in our boat).
“Yeah?” I respond as I’m opening our new decal and looking up installation instructions.
“We have a blog tonight!”
*I scurry to my computer, check the time, and note that I have 2 hours and 15 minutes to get this thing written.*
Can you tell we’re busy?!
We are currently on the hard. We got hauled out yesterday so this week consists of to-do lists and schedules. Steve took today off so that we could get as much prep done as needed in order for us to be good to go the rest of the week. Things are moving along! We have put up one side of our boat stripes, cleaned the port side, and will be putting that side up tonight (hopefully). We’ve removed our old boat name “Pain Killer” and replaced it – I’ll tell you all about it once we have our boat naming ceremony, which will be a whole other blog. We’re currently working on replacing our forward hatch, as we’ve already done the mid, and will be sanding and painting the bottom of the boat!
This past week has been a lot, considering we got our forestay back, let it set for a couple of days with the adhesive, and then while Steve was up the mast our rigger realized it was TOO SHORT?! Welp, long story short (haha) he measured one foot off, so that is currently ordered and will *hopefully* be ready by next Monday when we splash back in. Fingers crossed that doesn’t change because we really miss being out on the water.
Last week was busy, but this week may be even busier! We’re trying to fit a lot into this short week on the hard so we’re doing our best to make sure it all gets done.
This blog may not be long, because we have a lot to do and because it comes out very soon, so let me just say this:
We’ve had a lot of changes in the last few months, and we almost had one that had us staying in Norfolk for work, but we did a lot of talking and weighing our pros and cons and we just didn’t find it worth it. The thing is, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing, we’re going to be happy just to be living life together, exploring, snuggling our dog; but this life on our boat and the freedom we have to travel the world and sail the beautiful ocean is a dream. We can’t give that up quite yet. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s okay to change directions, pivot, completely quit something and start anew, but it’s also okay to keep going headfirst in the direction you already love. Because, no matter what you decide, the people and things that you love are what makes the journey and the destination and everything in between worth it. Hold onto that.
Some things we did this week: We went to the farmer’s market with friends, went to the beach and ran around with Buoy, Buoy took some gnarly naps while sunning in the cockpit, I twisted my ankle so Steve carried me around (he’s the best), and we took some cute pics of Buoy in front of a little fall decor at our favorite coffee shop. Life is GOOD.
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Steve here. Just wanted to let some of the non-sailors know why we need to be in the water to go up the mast. It’s a lot to do with physics. In the water, the boat can rock in any direction to relieve some of the force of 190 pounds of me climbing up the mast and leaning a little this way or a little that way. On the hard, it can’t rock at all due to the supports that are keeping the boat still, and all that torque gets applied to where the mast is bolted onto the deck and the standing rigging.