Spring update

Spring update

Last year, we bought a new boat, and barely used it. The boat was so far away from our home in Pennsylvania, and it was such a busy summer, filled with all the busyness of selling a home and moving. It felt that we hardly got to stretch her legs.

We moved in the fall, and got to experience a taste of what we anticipated life to be this summer. With the boat now a short drive away, we could pack some snacks and blankets and be there quickly for a weekend sail. There are so many great anchorages within a day’s sail. We envisioned a summer of exploring all around our nook of the southern Chesapeake. Even an afternoon’s sail after church on Sunday was suddenly realistic.

We were settled in our new home and we had a boat with more room for everyone, so we got a puppy over the winter. Come spring, the plan was to bring her along and teach her how to be a good cruising pup.

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We had, of course, some maintenance planned while she was on the hard for the winter. We knew there were some issues with oil leaking in the bilge, so Alan wanted to address that – go over the motor, and clean up and paint the bilge. As he got into the project though, he discovered some other serious issues that needed to be addressed while the motor was pulled out. There were a couple rotten bulkheads that need to be replaced, and it sounds as though that project is going to be a huge pain in the tuchus.

The upshot is, sadly, Tipsy Lady is out for the season. She is truly the boat we hope to have for many, many years so we want to take good care of her and really properly address the issues we’ve found.

We did get out a couple weekends ago on Green Eyes. She has been for sale, but really was located in a terrible place to try to sell a sailboat. She finally made it back to Deltaville (still her home port since we never did change her lettering after buying her), and hopefully will sell this season now that she’s in a good sailing area. In the meantime, at least we can get out and sail with her.

The five of us – the kids all a bit bigger than the last time we were on her- plus the puppy… suffice it to say, it’s definitely a smaller boat. We only went out overnight, but I don’t think we could survive a 3 week trip on her anymore. At least not after the taste of the comparative luxury of Tipsy Lady.

Ah, but it was a beautiful little sail. We weren’t sure if we were going to go out at all. Savannah had a 3:00 softball game, so we figured by the time they finished and we got packed, it would just be too late. But there was a nice breeze and it just felt right, so we rushed home, threw some bottled water and granola bars in a bag, picked up a takeout pizza, and headed for the marina. We were out by 7:30, sailing toward the sunset at a brisk 5-6 knots.

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There was some real sadness as we had to let go of the summer we envisioned, but things never are quite as you envision them. Now we look forward to some sails on Green Eyes until we find a buyer for her, some sails on our little G-cat, and really making the most of all that this area has to offer.

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Tipsy Lady

Tipsy Lady

It is a time of transition. I have used this space (when I have remembered it and made the time to use it at all) largely as a means of recording and sharing our family’s sailing adventures. We have been sailing on our beautiful Bristol 32, Green Eyes. She has been a wonderful boat for introducing us as a family to sailing.

I confess now to leaving some slightly unpleasant details of our trips out of my accounts. It’s not that I’ve been misleading, I’ve just left a few bits outside the frame of the picture I’ve presented. Bits like…

Sorry, you’ll just have to get used to sleeping with somebody’s feet in your face. There’s nowhere else for her feet to go.

And no, you can’t go up or down the stairs at the moment, I’m trying to prepare dinner and the steps are my only available “counter space.”

Sorry, you can’t get any toys out now either, the cooler is blocking the toy drawer and there’s nowhere to move it.

Also, sorry you can’t pee until we tack because there are loads of bags blocking the bathroom door and I physically can’t move them yet.

And ohmygoodness is there any way possible to find a space where you’re not physically touching me when it’s this ridiculously hot? No?

In short, there have been more than a few moments of please can we take a dinghy ride somewhere, anywhere just to get off this boat and have a bit of space? It’s truly been wonderful, but we’ve outgrown Green Eyes.

We have found a new boat that we think and hope will be perfect for our family for many, many years to come.  On Sunday, we officially renamed her.  We had a short de-naming and re-naming ceremony, complete with champagne, sparkling cider, a bottle broken on the bow, and gifts of new boat shoes for the kids. Allow me to introduce Tipsy Lady, the 43’ Gulfstar, which is now officially our new escape, our home away from home, our adventure.

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