On any boat there is never ending boat projects! This weekend we removed an outdated VHF component and to cover the hole we added an outdoor step-light in the cockpit. The step-light should give off the perfect amount of light. We also installed a new manual bilge pump, and installed a dual (his & hers) USB charging plug in the cockpit. Now we have to go and provision for our weeklong trip that we have planned for later this week.
I will admit, “Broken Halo” fits us in that we often fit the “sailor profile”; some people might say since we “swear like a sailor, drink like a fish and have morals of a pirate” we might have broken halos. However, for us, the unlaying meaning behind our new boat name, Broken Halo, is about our road towards “healing”…… Our “road” happens to be the sea. Sailing is relaxing and healing for us. Sailing nourishes our body and soul. There is nothing better than gliding through water, with no distractions, with only the wind powering our sails and feeling the salty sea breeze against our skin. Sailing allows us to escape the “rat-race” of life, thus allowing us to adjust our compass to what is truly important and our purpose rather than racing through it – without a compass.
The song “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton is a song we can relate to… According the the Los Angles Times, Stapleton “meditates on the wounds people suffer and the road toward healing that they travel”. His song “offers a tender, lump-in-your-throat reminder to keep the faith, even in the midst of tragedy. Angels appear to help us on our way…..”
We’ve been busy this summer!!! In late May we decided to close the boat up for the summer and head to our cabin. We did this to escape Florida’s bloody summer heat. Although we have an amazing AC system on the boat, we find ourselves hunkered down inside the boat never leaving because of the heat and we feel like complete slugs doing this. We do travel back and forth once or twice a month to check on the boat and for me (Pat) to put in a few face to face days in at work
Here are a few of the projects we’ve gotten done. As you may know we enjoy do it yourself project and are pretty darn proud of the results.
We needed more storage and decided to stack our washer/dryer, but once stacked the bi-fold doors wouldn’t close. We decided by-pass sliding barn doors would solve this issue and give us a more rustic look. We pulled out our hammer and nails and got busy constructing doors and hanging the hardware I found online.
The following project was started last November and finally finished just in for our 4th of July celebration. Originally we had every intention of building our out door kitchen in a week but it kept getting put on hold because of the rain in Georgia and the beautiful winter sailing season in Florida. Again, we are pretty proud of the results of our weekend warrior projects and we saved tons of money doing them ourselves.
I don’t buy things unless it’s a deal or something I can’t live without. That being said, for the past year I’ve been shopping for custom yacht bedding and it’s not cheap nor ever on sale. Yacht bedding for our v-berth sales for about $500. Anyway, I finally decided to pull out my sewing machine and make my own custom fitted bedding. I cut up a quilt I had and added navy piping for a more tailored look. The project cost me less than $15. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and I no longer have to fight to make a regular sized quilt fit our v-berth.
I decided to give our little cabin kitchen a simple makeover. We had a broken dishwasher and replaced it with a much needed cabinet. I couldn’t find a stock cabinet that matched the wood cabinets we had so I decided to paint all the cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I picked this type of paint because I didn’t have to do much prep work. It was super easy and super inexpensive; wipe down cabinets, add 2 coats of chalk paint and a couple of coats of wax. I added a little dark wax just to give the cabinets a little rustic character.
These are not pictures found on the Internet and it is not Henry dressed up! LOL!! When we arrived at the cabin last week Henry immediately filled our bird feeder with food, and within 2 hours this bear cub wandered right into our front yard to have an afternoon snack. Our neighbors have since informed us NOTHING should be left outside otherwise we will have regular unwanted visitors.
Sailors call this luxury!! After a year and a half living aboard I finally convinced Henry that the guest shower stall was the perfect place for a washing machine. It may be small but no more hiking to the laundromat. I actually never knew you could get an automatic washing machine this small (0.9 cubic feet) but it fits perfectly and it works like a charm! It hooks right up to the shower faucet and drains into the sink. The washing machine is called: Laundry Alternative SuperCompact Full Automatic Washing Machine and the Dimensions are: L: 16.00″ x W: 17.00″ x H: 25.00″
A Slight Change In Plans! The golden rule for sailors: “Plans might as well be written in sand at low tide.” We’re huge planners and while it is important for sailors to make plans, it’s just as important to have the flexibility and imagination to toss those plans out the portal.
A year ago we dramatically downsized from our oversized seaside home and moved onto our sailboat to begin a unique lifestyle. We’ve had an amazing year living on our boat; however, we haven’t been able to permanently cut our dock lines as quickly as we had planned. Sometime between having our boat on the hard (aka in a cradle on land) for close to two months and then breaking my leg we decided to make a slight change in our plans and buy “landlubber” retreat. A place where we can escape from things like the bloody summer heat or the challenges of living with a broken leg on a boat. Or a place where we can just regroup and “put a little wind back in our sails”. Today, exactly one year after moving onto our sailboat, we have become the proud owners of a beautiful Smokey Mountain cabin. Now we have the best of both worlds, S/V Sweet Escape and Sweet Escape Mountain Retreat. Simplicity, Tiny Footprints and Amazing Views!!!