Countdown to Leaving

Wave coming over the breaker at the marina

Waves coming over the breaker at the marina

My friend, Adair, says untying from the dock is the hardest part of beginning a cruise. Come tomorrow morning, I will probably concur but at the moment waiting to leave has been tedious.  We’ve been in Charleston over a week now and have almost forgotten that the plan is to leave!  Friends keep asking why we’ve not left and to explain is not simple.  The list is long and varied:

  • an assortment of last minute repairs and maintenance on the boat (everything from the sails, engine, hardware,canvas, etc.)
  • provisioning (food, toiletries, and assorted sundries)
  • organizing, cleaning, purging, and storing items on boat
  • purchasing dinghy motor, and too many items from West Marine
  • registering dinghy and motor (in South Carolina is no easy feat)
  • sorting out issues with our new computer
  • rigging a system for lifting the dinghy motor from the dinghy Ragtime (along with testing-fortunately works well)
  • watching for leaks (Sunday was the perfect day for this activity.)
  • fixing leaks (today)

We might could have left today if we had pushed it but with winds howling at a constant 20-25 knots at the marina and gusts up to 35 and 40, the matter was settled!  The plan is to leave in the morning.  It will be cold and still breezy, so we’ll be motoring down the ICW and wearing our long underwear. 😦  Thanks to all of you who convinced James we needed to go south and not north!!!

Installing water filter which led to needing a new line

Installing water filter which led to needing a new line

New courtesy lights...yay!

New courtesy lights…yay!

Numbers for our dinghy at last

Numbers for our dinghy at last

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2 thoughts on “Countdown to Leaving

  1. Thanks so much for letting us know you are now off and sailing! We look forward to hearing about all of your adventures.

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