November through Mid-January, again, St. Augustine, Florida was our home. We were living in the boatyard, working on Uno Mas, getting ready for the upcoming sailing season. Angie is pretty much useless with lifting and cleaning, washing, and waxing, was not happening either. We were uncertain how living on a boat and her still healing was going to play out.
When we departed Colorado, we had about 30 boxes full of PAPER. 20 years of company and personal files. Well, we had a few weeks of shredding to do, but it got whittled down to about half. This is no small feat with two WalMart shredders that constantly overheated. Angie also had to sort which books were to go on the boat. Mark wants them all on a Kindle. Well, some just are not available to be loaded onto a Kindle, and, well, Angie LOVES her books. A compromise was found.
Angie also is experimenting with various quick-dry, super absorbent towels. Mark just wants a NORMAL towel. We now have both.
Mark ‘s projects this time included installing an electric winch at the helm,and installing a chain counter so he can lift and drop the anchor from the helm and know how much he has let out. Also, running the lines back to the helm are still on the list. These are all because Mark wants the ability do everything from the protected helm. We also rotated our berth so no one has to climb/roll over the other in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or do walk-abouts.
Other projects include replacing the two heads and their lines, hopefully getting rid of the boat funk smell. We also had the bottom paint line raised 2 more inches and a fresh coat of paint applied from the yard. We replaced the main halyard, the refrigeration cooling plates, line sets and compressors, and ran new propane lines. Mark installed a new wind generator with additional support pole. We also had to go up the mast (one trip for Angie and two for Mark) to replace our anchor light at the top. We use a Milwaukee 28v angle drill chucked into a winch to lift us up.
Replacing the trampoline was a project that has been on Angie’s to do list for awhile. Mark falling through the old one at Manjack last year, pretty much solidified that it really had to happen this time around. The problem has been the material is so heavy and cumbersome, it takes 2 people to try to get the project through the sewing machine. And, logistically, it didn’t look like it was going to happen. However, we decided to completely redo the layout, cutting the project into two sections instead of one large one. This is something Lagoon figured out after they built our boat. So, with some aluminum angle and buying new netting “aluminum” buttons, we were able to make it work. It still took 2 people to push through the material, and Mark had to set all of the grommets, but it turned out great! Also, on Angie’s list is chaps for the dinghy. Those are still in the works.
All work and no play makes us very unhappy. We celebrated Edward’s 40th B-Day on Cayo Espanto, Belize. The water was beautiful and the Hobie Cat racing, was…. well…. GIRLS RULE, is all I have to say….. It really made us want to get the boat in the water so we can have that kind of view on a regular basis.