This is what's left of the impeller on our seawater intake. Replaced now, and engine is working. Hopefully that's the end of it. You think?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
|Looking up from our bow, the main out and the gennaker. Thank you, Eunice for getting this beautiful shot!|
|Crew on the bow (Lto R): Janele, Matt, Chris, Thia|
|Crew: Anne, Janele, Matt, Chris|
|Crew in the cockpit: Emily, Fowler, Beth, Captain Steve, Eunice (sorry, I didn't get Eunice very well).|
|See how the water is so glassy, you almost can't tell where the water ends and the sky starts? That is because there is nothing blowing across it!|
|Though there was not much wind, we were able to fill the sails. Dad was a big help, trimming the mizzen. Though I think that hat clashes with our sails.|
|Mom jumped in wherever she could help, mainly working lines, and trying hard like us all not to overheat!|
|Janele found a solution to beating the heat: swimsuit! I guess if we fouled our prop on a trap, she'd have been the first to go in and inspect. :)|
|We got to see a beautiful sunset.|
|Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire the sails.|
|As the sun set, the clouds formed, and foreshadowed what would come later. We got quite the storm, but fortunately it came after we were safely tied at dock. That was a whole other adventure, though.|
Monday, June 23, 2014
|The first time we got to fly the gennaker was in this race. What fun!|
|That is Fortuitous on the right, leading from behind, but having loads of fun! We were by far the heaviest boat in the fleet. We were racing our home!|
Friday, June 20, 2014
I am counting today a lesson in economics: the girls are painting the pergola of their fabulous vocal teacher, in exchange for private lessons.
It turns out they are good painters, and now that the oppressive heat has broken, this is a pleasant way to spend Friday.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This evening, we got to see an amazing lightning show. I thought it was a lot of heat lightning, more than I'd ever seen.
It turns out it was more than that, about an hour after we went to bed, I was hearing thunder. So Fowler and I headed out to batten things down (no storms had been predicted, so we hadn't prepared), we could feel wind picking up. After the few minutes it took to secure everything, a storm had come up: Fowler and I were soaked.
We stood in our pilot house, listening as the rains fell, the winds kept increasing, and the hail was plinking off the hatches. We heard our dock lines stretching as the winds pushed us as far from the dock as they would let us get. Mom and Dad had come up to offer help. It was quite a storm!
Then as quickly as it had come up, the winds started to die down, rain let up, and FORTUITOUS was no longer stretching her dock lines. We waited a long while, to be sure we really were secure, and the storm died down.
Everyone went back to bed, it was now probably 2 AM. I lingered, not able to settle down. There was still lightning flashing in the distance, and it would light up the bay. I looked out the window, and saw, lit up by a flash, a houseboat 50' off our beam. As my mind tried to process this (did I really just see a boat) I called to Fowler. He didn't come right away, and I called again, when I realized it indeed was a houseboat, adrift, floating toward us! Uh oh!
Sparing the details, we were able to fend it off, then get it to the dock behind us and secure it. There was no one on the boat, I suppose they are in for a big surprise soon, because I don't know where it came from.
I will say this: seeing that boat out the pilothouse windows, lit up only by flashes of lightning, will go down as one of the freakiest sights in my lifetime!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Janele goes to take a shower (on the boat). After a minute, she hollers she's not getting any hot water. This shouldn't be, as we're plugged in at dock, the water heater always on. Fowler and I look at each other and agree, we should look at that.
Then she says, "I noticed it a few days ago, when I was doing the dishes." I am thinking in a few days, at least one of us should have noticed the lack of hot water. Yay for antibacterial soap!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Mother's Day was a good time, the girls made me a yummy chocolate croissant to go with my coffee for breakfast. Then we got the boat ready, because we were heading out in the next day. We unplugged the boat, and sailed her up to the Rhode River, where we anchored out for the night. It was a pleasant spot, and we had fun with the sails, and sleeping on the hook. It is so peaceful (where there aren't storms in the area). And the moon was amazing!
|Not a bad place to study, as long as the wind doesn't bother you!|
|There was a group of high school students on a sailing field trip, so Janele decided to row over and say hello!|
|The moon put on a lovely show for us over the Rhode River.|
|You can see the concentration...|
|Our return to Herring Bay was cool and chilly, but we still got to put out the sails and have fun.|
|The Fowler's with the gracious Captain Steve Howard, after completing our first race on Endeavor. We must have been alright, as he asked us back for more!|
|The colors in this sunset are a much better sight than the colors of all the bruises I have acquitted. Though I will say they have been worth it, it is a fun time to be racing. More on that later.|
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
We were headed to the library today, to use the WiFi and do some research for school projects. While en route, we got stuck in boat show traffic, and stumbled onto the Maryland Ave. Spring Festival. We found parking and have been exploring.
This reminds me a lot of the Art on Lark festival in the spring. We found neato clothes, jewelry by local artists, and a new, yummy cheese dip. Score!
All in all, I think it is a way better way to spend this gorgeous spring day in Annapolis!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
We're back on the boat, and slowly de-winterizing (surely this freeze is the last?) It is a good thing the heater works!
Today's job is removing the shrinkwrap, that kept all that snow off the boat while we were enjoying sunny Florida. When I asked the girls how it felt (they're doing a great job), one replied, "cold", the other, "boat-ey". Those are my girls!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
We left South Florida on Wednesday. It was the easiest move out of a house to date, and probably the last time it will be easy. Tuesday evening we organized everything into piles: car; boat; and storage. We got up early Wednesday, spent about 2 hours loading everything into our car, with the carrier on top, and a trailer on the back. We even had a little room to spare!
We cleaned the house, and said our last goodbyes, for now, to Royal Palm Beach. It was a great place to spend the winter, and I think we made the.most of our time there. It was time now to work our way back toward the boat in Annapolis.
Our first stop was in Tallahassee, where we could visit with the Zurko's and thank them for their incredible friendship and generosity in our use of the cabin and then the house. I don't know where we would have been if we hadn't had those opportunities. And it was great to see them again, and recount so many of our adventures with the house in Royal Palm as our home base.
From there we continued north to Birmingham, where my parents and some brothers live. It was great to see everyone, and the kids had such a great time visiting with all of their younger cousins (6 of them are in Birmingham). Over the next several months, as we round out this experience and navigate our way back into a more settled existence, I have no idea when we will be where, let alone what we will be doing over the coming months. So it was nice to get in one more visit when we could.
Now we're on the final leg to Annapolis, and it is a loooong one. We'll arrive probably around 10 this evening, sleep in a motel, and get up early tomorrow so we can get to the boat. There is a lot to do, as she's still winterized. We need to get her systems up and running, as water and the ability to use the heads (toilets) are top on my list when living on a boat.