The waterline on the boat is getting lower and the house is getting emptier as we move aboard for our next adventure: summer in New England. At least we’re in the packing phase and beyond the repair stage!
Skip fixed the windlass control. The problem was caused by a corroded plug. He also installed and wired a new Garmin chart plotter. The old one had software issues that Garmin could repair for $400. After much analysis, we decided that it wasn’t worth it. It’s a 6-year-old unit and we know how quirky older generations of software are. The shiny new unit is very well-behaved and plays nicely with the other instruments.
We also had to replace our 4-year-old Waeco stand-alone freezer. It was not working right and when I researched repair options the only resources I could find are in Australia! Our refrigeration guy (Nate Horton is the man to see in Annapolis!) took a look at it and said it was so difficult to reach the controls that it wouldn’t be worth the cost to take it apart. After researching options, we bought an Engel unit from West Marine. The reviews were better than Waeco. We also got a bigger freezer–same footprint, just taller.
Last week, we moved the boat to the haul-out slip for an overnight visit to have a fixed 3-blade prop installed. (The prop incident was relayed in my last post.) The Max prop will be sent back to the company for repairs. Now we’ll have a spare prop!
The weather was so beautiful we decided to take a break from our punch list and spend a day being lazy. We motored into Annapolis harbor and picked up a mooring. We didn’t even dinghy into town. We just relaxed and enjoyed the sights!
BTW, they are working on the harbor moorings and not all of them are in use. Our friend Stanley told us that the harbor master is replacing the moorings to allow boats up to 55 ft next year. Naturally, the charge will go up too–$35 a night. Just think of all those large motor yachts that will pull in next to you and run their generators all night!
When we returned to our slip Skip installed the 2nd solar panel. We had taken both panels off in preparation for hurricane Irene last year. Afterwards, he only put one of them back on. Two panels have a lot more windage but we think we’ll need the juice.
I’ve been busy stocking up on groceries and supplies. I shopped in Trader Joe’s like I’m not going to see one for 2 months! I also braved the new Wegman’s in Columbia. It’s not as difficult as preparing to leave for the Bahamas since we will have access to grocery stores. It’s transportation and getting stuff back to the boat that’s challenging when living aboard.
We will bid a fond farewell to our spacious air-conditioned house, cars, FIOS, flushing toilets and washer/dryer (sniff, sniff) as we begin our next adventure heading north to Maine! (I really don’t miss all that stuff very much once we’re living on the boat, especially driving!)