While this may seem like an idyllic picture of our boat, don't let it fool you!
We are now into day ten of our trip from Kent Narrows, Maryland to Jacksonville, Florida via the Intracoastal.
So far we've experienced three feet of water in a locker, an overnight sail that involved 30+ knot winds with 3-5 feet of swelling waves (at 3 AM one of them playfully washed over the stern, Hans head, and then crashed around the cockpit), a puking crew (that would be me!), and freighters that seemed to appear out of nowhere.
Our GPS, also known as 'Fritz', decided to take advantage of our agony and took his union break. Fritz now does as he pleases and just dares us to turn him into the 'Big Boss'.
Big Boss or not, Fritz will be replaced when we reach Charleston, SC.
We finally figured out that while our girl was on the hard this summer, the drain from a locker at the bow of our boat was leaking. For two months rain water accumulated here and it was stinky and gross!
We ended up replacing the hoses ourselves and lost a full day of sail.
Hans McGyver rigged up a syphon to the bilge, therefore we didn't need to buy a pump!
Along with the portable ice maker that we bought, good old Evan Williams tried to make me forget my troubles.
This is our salon area. This summer Wilbur wreaked havoc on the cushions so I decided to made some covers.
I used some old king size sheets and while they worked, I'll use better fabric if I ever do this again.
The cushions vary in size so I used a Sharpie and wrote the designation for each piece on its elastic.
Hopefully they'll improve the life of my cushions for awhile.
We are currently in North Carolina and expect to be in the Cape Fear River tomorrow.
I have to say this has certainly been a very interesting trip and I don't expect that it will change.