Well, we finally got a dinghy motor, delivered by a delightful couple, Sue and Peter (friends of the previous owner-Peter). It sure is nice to be able to leave the docks in it. I told Greg we need to name it “Freedom”, because without it, we wouldn’t have our freedom, now, would we! So “Freedom” it is. When he went ashore in it to get some errands done, he took the VHF and hailed me “Freedom to Aquataurus”. It sounded nice! So there it is.
Greg has cleaned the hull above waterline, all the way around:
But we still have other things that need to get done before we leave the docks: bottom needs to be cleaned and the baggy needs to come off the prop (done by a diver), we need to lower and raise the anchor on the windlass so we are sure that is working and we know how to work it, we need to put the US Coast Guard registered numbers on the inside somewhere on the hull, and other little things, in addition…and LASTLY we need a day with little wind, so we can be sure we know how to maneuver her. If it’s blowing hard the day we want to leave, we’ll probably postpone it until we get a better weather window.
Last week, we did remove the name of the registered city (Basil) on the transom (that was sad), and we put our own hailing port (Bristol, RI). Still haven’t hung the US flag.
OH! AND..I’m becoming an expert cooking with the pressure cooker! It takes less fuel and less time, and doesn’t heat up the cabin as much. I’ve made a great chicken dinner with potatoes and carrots, as well as a rice, chicken and pea dinner in it.
So our routine each late afternoon, is to take a shower on the docks. After the hot sweaty day, it is amazingly refreshing. Then enjoy this view-sunset (below). Anxious to see this view on the anchor. AND can’t wait to post some photos when we are there! We are shooting for a Feb 1 to leave the docks, but as above, it depends on a lot, and if we need to stay a few more days, well, it’ll be what it’ll be. I’m not complaining! :-). I’ll enjoy these views where ever Aquataurus is.