Playing With Our Dinghy

We decided we needed to make sure our dinghy was good to go before our cruise, we leave on Thursday, and find a place with a dinghy dock for dinner tonight. Our little dinghy has a lot of get up and go and got us over to Fish Tales where we enjoyed fish and beer during happy hour!!  We even got compliments on our little dinghy’s new chaps, although along the way we lost one set of the registration numbers that I made for the bow of the dinghy!! SH*T! I knew I should have sewed them on instead of depending on Velcro!! Oh well, we still had a beautiful evening on Tampa Bay…

image

image

image

 

 

New Chaps

Our little dinghy has a new sun dress, otherwise called dinghy chaps. We wanted to protect our investment and cover the dinghy.

Note to self… Putting the chaps on while the dinghy is in the water is not wise unless you want to go into the drink!!

image

 

image

image

image

Hallmark Holiday

Since moving into the boat we can’t bring anything onto the boat without getting rid of something so going forward I am sure I will get boat stuff for Hallmark events like today.   But today Henry gave me this amazing handmade wooden fishhook necklace. It says it will provide “good luck and safety when traveling over water”. Perfect gift as we begin our new adveture living aboard and sailing to new amazing places. He did good!!

image

 

Created by a fellow member of WWS.
Created by a fellow member of WWS, Sarah Steenland

 

Morning Marina Walk

I thought this was great and was created by another WWS member!  As you may know, marine heads (toliets) must be pumped out much like an RV, so boaters tyipcally use the bathroom somewhere other than on their boat.  Our marina has great very clean bathrooms with showers and there are lines in the morning.

image

Comic created by a WWS member, Sarah Steenland

Downsizing Complete

Our downsizing was a long process and as January 31st we were officially out of the house and onto the boat. I say it was a long process but we were able to get rid of just about everything in 3 months.  I gave away everything to my son or friends and took car loads to the local women’s shelter.  My son was able to completely furnish his new 3 bedroom townhouse with all my beloved Ethan Allen furniture I saved forever to buy. Believe it or not it was not hard to let go of my stuff, in fact it was sort of freeing.  Of course we claimed one of the bedrooms in my son’s townhouse so that when we need a “boat break” we have a place to go. Although I gave away tons of my clothing I still ending cramming 2 closets with cloths… I need to take some time and make a few more trips to women’s shelter with more cloths.  We also claimed the garage in the townhouse to store our boxes and my beloved 1977 MG B.

From 4,000 ft. with a 4 car garage to a 43 ft. sailboat
From 4,000 ft. home with a 4 car garage to a 43 ft. sailboat

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Moving Sweet Escape

Kate and Scott came to visit and escape the snow in Ohio the week we decided to relocate Sweet Escape.  With their help we motored Sweet Escape to her new marina in St. Petersburg. We had hoped to be able to show off how well Sweet Escape sails but we had absolutely no wind, so we motored 11 nautical miles across the bay! Bummer!  But I think Kate and Scott still enjoyed the trip since it was warm out and the sun was out.  Turns out our new slip is a tight fight with our 15 ft. beam and the fairways are somewhat narrow so no wind was a blessing for docking our Sweet Escape in her new slip.

Leaving Apollo Beach
Leaving Apollo Beach
Crossing Tampa Bay
Crossing Tampa Bay
Sweet Escape's new home at The Harborage Marina
Sweet Escape’s new home at The Harborage Marina
Kate and Scott
Kate and Scott

Canvas Complete!

I absolutely love all the new canvas work we had done.  Tampa Bay Upholstery did an amazing job! We started with only an old Bimini  and cushions that had seen better days. In addition to a new Bimini we added a dodger, dodger cheeks, winch covers, port and window coverings and had the cushions all recovered.  I totally love the toast colored piping that was added to everything.

New cushions
New cushions

image

image

image

Sweet Escape is moving

We have decided to move to a new marina, one that has more amenities and more people living aboard.  We will move from Apollo Beach to downtown St. Petersburg. I’m excited that we will be able to walk everywhere and be able to enjoy all the events that we always miss because of the drive around the bay.

The Harborage Marina, St. Petersburg, FLorida
The Harborage Marina, St. Petersburg, Florida