Wow…summer is FLYING by!! We spent a week on Skinny Dippin’ for July 4th week. We had hoped for another great cruise to new locations, but the weather was a little unsettled. Having been groomed by Sailors, we tend to wait for good weather windows for cruising to places we haven’t been to before. We’ve also been groomed to be super flexible and go with the flow. A wise man once said to me, any day on the water is a good day. So for me, any day on the boat is a good day, whether we go anywhere at all.
July has been full of projects!! I refinished the starboard side rubrail, galley hatch, and the two stern hatches. I finished the curtains and settee cushions in the stateroom. New tile, curtain and shower curtain for the head. Tom helped me reupholster the barrel chairs for the salon. And we bought a new futon to replace the loveseat in the salon. Tom will be building a base for it with storage drawers. All of you cruisers out there know you can never have enough storage!!
Tom has done a lot of electrical work, adding an outlet to the fly bridge, a new stereo in the salon, a new water pump for the generator, regular oil and filter changes.
I just made a huge order from Sailrite - my new favorite store. Exterior window coverings are next on my list. Sunbrella Linen will cover all exterior salon windows with button snaps. I got Phifertex mesh for the stern windows that face the aft deck. Tom is going to do a sunshade to hang on the bow to shade the galley. Friends have one of those and they swear it keeps the vberth area cooler. That’s where our galley is so any cooling would be awesome. The making for interior window bug-screens are also on the order and to-do list.
All of this, and we’ve gotten some good boating time in too!! Not enough of course…but some!
Hurricane season is upon us. We are in a new marina with new policies. Evacuation orders will depend on the size, strength and incoming direction of any given storm. So I spent some time last weekend contemplating storm ties in our new slip. We have a couple of evacuation choices if we need to make a run for it. Hopefully that won’t happen.
Pictures of all of these projects are coming! I promise to add them soon!! It’s amazing to me how homey Skinny Dippin’ is getting. She truly is a second home for us. And Home is, of course, where your heart is!