Yes, we’re alive. And, no, we haven’t forgotten about you. We’ve just been stupid busy getting the boat ready, and, frankly, have not had any energy/time to write blog posts. I apologize. That should change now, because we have finally left the marina!!!! Hooray for us!
Exactly four months after moving aboard the boat, we left our slip at Pirate’s Den Marina in Cobb Island, MD. Talk about a whirlwind of activity! Aside from a two-week break in early August to visit family, I haven’t had a day off from work in months. The days were equally long, expensive, frustrating, painful, satisfying and tense. In the cruising community, it’s cliche to say that the “boat is never ready,” and that is no joke. You just have to go. And that is exactly what we did. We pulled away from the slip in the early afternoon on October 30th – and were literally still stowing stuff as we motored down the Potomac River. We still have a long list of projects to finish, but they can be tackled along the way. But, man, did we ever get a lot of stuff accomplished.
I won’t bore you with the details of electrical upgrades, rig improvements, upholstery work and refrigeration installations. However, I will say that it took a lot longer to accomplish all of these projects that I ever could have imagined. We had originally hoped to leave the dock in mid-August to cruise the Chesapeake Bay for a few months. If I actually paid myself to do these projects, we’d be loaded! But I can’t take all of the credit. We couldn’t have done this without the assistance of some very good (and bewilderingly dedicated) friends. My buddies, Keith and Chris, went above and beyond with help. Ludi’s friends Ruth, Lydia and Marianna all pitched in, too. It took a village to get rid of us. Thanks, guys!!!
We hosted a “Bon Voyage/Boat Re-naming Ceremony” party a few weeks ago. Several of our closest friends made the drive to Southern Maryland to send us on our way and tell us how crazy we were. Good times were had by all (I think), and we drank too much booze. The boat is now called “HuskaBean,” and it looks good on her. She seems to enjoy it, too.
We’ve been underway for 4 days, and, so far, we’ve been having a great time. We’re now anchored in the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA – a stone’s throw from the WWII battleship, USS Wisconsin. This is the start of the Intracoastal Waterway and our chosen route to Florida. As we were setting our anchor, Captain Norm and Jan from the neighboring boat “Bandersnatch” motored over in their dinghy to invite us over for cocktails. Captain Shirley, from “Speedwell of Hong Kong” was also in attendance. We had a great time touring the boat, drinking booze, and listening to stories of cruisers far more experienced than us. Jan even cooked dinner and h’orderves for the occasion!
It’s a rainy day outside, so we decided to spend the day here. We’re very close to a marina with laundry facilities – so we may launch the dinghy and run to town for some errands (and a normal shower). Tomorrow, we leave bright and early for our trip through the Great Dismal Swamp – and we can’t wait!
That’s all of the news worth reporting. In the meantime, you can follow our progress by clicking here.