August 20, 2011
This weekend was CANVAS INSTALL WEEKEND!! I have made made Sunbrella window coverings for the windshield and forward side windows! I’m very excited about them. I used Sailrite’s patterning material and made patterns for each window, allowing enough triple hemming to install the snaps that will attach the screens to the boat. Tom helped immensely with the install! I am a real wimp when it comes to my PressNSnap tool. My little hands just aren’t strong enough!
Here is a couple pictures of the finished project!
Then on Sunday, August 21, we did our regular storm prep. Irene is a week away and Tom has to work next weekend, so prepping has to happen today. She is forecast to turn east before getting here, but we know better. Storms can turn at any minute. We took down the bimini, strapped down the bimini frame, all deck chairs and cushions are taken to the salon. The dinghy came home with us, and the outboard is in the galley. Double lines all around and extra fenders are out. She should be good to go.
Then Monday August 22, Irene’s path brings her directly to North Carolina. Tom quickly got us a spot at our favorite boatyard, Sailcraft in Oriental. Our lift time is 11am on Weds the 24th.
Wednesday August 24th, We made a quick trip down river. We left at 630am to one of the finest sunrises I've seen in a long time.
We arrived right on time at Sailcraft and just had a short wait for our turn in the straps. We got her up on the hard.
We kept second guessing ourselves, because nobody else seemed to be doing any preparation. Why is that? Are we just that OCD? Or do other people just not care about the investment in their boats?? Well, no time to worry about them. Skinny Dippin’ is as safe as she can be. We have to get home and back to work.
Thursday August 25th, Irene turns West. Now Skinny Dippin’ is in the path of the eye of the storm. And to top it off, now we have to prepare the home front. Tonight all patio furniture, bird feeders, wind chimes, pool toys, garbage cans, everything is stowed or tied down. Generator is ready, as is chain saw.
Friday August 26th will be a very nervous day. Hurricanes can change course at any minute. We won’t know where she is going till she truly gets there.
Please keep all of the east coast in your thoughts this weekend. There is going to be some seriously damaged areas. We could be one of them. Certainly where Skinny Dippin’ is, and possibly here at home too.
I hope to have the opportunity to finish my canvas project next weekend.
Stay safe everyone. If you haven’t said I love you to those you love recently….do it now.
Stay Safe Skinny Dippin'. We're thinking about you.