I missed a…didn’t answer a call from our landlord the other day. The landlord just isn’t a person, typically, that you enjoy chatting it up with. Usually they are calling to tell you about a neighbor’s compliant, ask you why your last rent check is late and inform you that the next lease’s rent is going up. Sort of like a call from your parents during your early 20′s you pretty much just don’t answer and hope they leave it all in a message that doesn’t require you to call back. This time however I had a hunch about the topic, when were we planning to move out?
Our lease expired in April and we’ve been going month to month with our rented condo. Ever since we sold Tate’s house back in Dec of 2011 we’ve been renting from my previous coworker with the understanding that sometime in late 2014 we would move out and onto the boat. (Honest to God it’s hard to believe its been that long ago.) Well that time has finally come and we made the commitment to be out of the condo by the end of October! This has me giddy and excited beyond belief.
Often people ask me if I’m scared about leaving on this trip and this question always perplexes me. Why would I be taking all this time, spending all this money and quitting my job if fear surrounded my decision? I know they are just trying to be nice and make conversation and also perhaps vent some of their own trepidation regarding such a venture so I don’t read too much into it but no, I AM STOKED! Bursting to the brim with 10 times the excitement and wonder that I’ve felt before past long camping, hiking, and boating trips.
This is, give or take my emotional composition: 70% happy/excited/ambitious, 10% homesick, 10% uncertain and 10% fear.
I have already started going through what little remains of our “stuff” and throwing out some things while boxing up others to give away. I am so ready to reap the benefits and realize our dreams after of 5 years of saving, hard work, and slaving away on this boat. This past week poor Tate was sick as a dog and running over a 101 fever for 3 days! The doctor said it was Strep and while he isn’t running a fever anymore it’s slow going down here. So in between me washing sweat soaked sheets I’ve taken this opportunity to get to the boat and finish up the inside. Oh yeah baby it’s done now.
For over a year now I have taken as many lunch breaks as I can to go work on the boat which is only 10 minutes away. Those 40 mins add up to many days of work. Recently I have finished putting up the insulation and headliner in a couple of other places, covered holes with painted tiles, fixed some more leaks in the boat (it’s virtually leak free, for now), and cleaned all the stainless in the galley area.
Oh yeah I wanted to show you guys this neat little contraption. I painstakingly spent weeks measuring and researching dish racks that would fit in our second shallow sink. The plan is to wash the dishes in the deep left sink and let them dry in the dish rack over the second sink. I found this collapsible one on Amazon and while it was hard to spend that much it was totally worth it and fits in our sink like a glove! No really the sides are made of silicon so while the dimensions are bigger then the sink I knew the sides would bend in a little and provide a tight fit. This baby isn’t going anywhere in a moderate seaway.
I have shared pictures here and there of the boat during various projects but now since all of my interior projects are done and the boat is so much more improved and ready to live on I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the inside. Once we move on and load her up we’ll probably do a video tour to give you the real feel of a provisioned cruising boat.
The Galley area ready for the stove! Check out my little sun tile covering up that old outlet hole.
The Navigation area. The table is big enough to role paper charts onto and all of our communication equipment is housed here. It also doubles as Tate’s workbench with the hardy blue Formica.
The port Salon Dinette, super excited here. The boat looks so much bigger when I see pictures of myself inside.
The starboard Salon Settee area. We’ll bring the salon cushions when we move aboard.
Looking aft to the companionway.
The hallway to the head and vberth.
The Head area.
The starboard Head cabinets and hanging locker. There is enough space here to fit 5 Dani’s.
The Vberth area. Oh how I can’t wait to sleep in thee.
Well there you have it. Now however my project list is so short, whatever will I do with all my time? Hmm, maybe read all those books I keep postponing, run more, cook better food, learn photo/video graphy skills, brush up on my Spanish, learn French…
But we aren’t all done, done, done. Here are the items remaining according to my list: Install stove and propane, install solar panels, install new engine shifter, install water tanks and faucets, recaulk cockpit teak (it’s like the rainforest here this summer), hook up the anchor, install the windvane, remake the dodger and bimini (in Aug), shorten 1 stay, and paint the handrail area.
That’s the shortest list we’ve ever had. Woohoo! Here’s to making it happen.