"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolve

Thankfully the rain has stopped for a while.  We pulled Lil' Wheels out of the water and dried her off!  She is none the worse for wear!  We are working on her mast, boom, and standing rigging.  Her dinghy-days are numbered and we are looking forward to day-sailing days!

We've been posting for a whole year now.  Things have been winding down in boat-land.  The big repairs are done and now it is just maintenance...sanding, repainting, refinishing, blah blah blah.  And, quite frankly, I wonder if it is enough to sustain a blog.

Life marches on.  Happy New Year!  2011 will be a great year!
What new resolutions lie ahead?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winter Storm - Lil Wheels is down!

About a week ago, the First Mate said we should take Lil' Wheels out of the water with the storms coming. The Captain should have deferred to the First mate for the this one. 

has been raining for 36 hours straight.  We think 9 inches of rain have fallen.  Needless to say, no refinishing, painting, polishing, or cleaning will be done.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lighted Boat Parade Snafu

We hung the lights.   Prepared the Hot Totties and Hot Chocolates.  Even bought extra flotation devices for our guests.  Alas, all our efforts were foiled by the unusually low tide.  We couldn't get out of our marina without running aground.  We didn't make it to the Lighted Boat Parade!  No. 14 was nowhere to be found in the line up.  Next year . . . next year . . .

It seems the Tide Charts are little off this year or Estero Bay has silted up a lot this winter. The boat looked great and we tried all day to get out of the slip, but the tide was too low for Training Wheels to get out of the dock.

We made it to the embarcadero in Morro Bay to see some of the other boats after the parade was nearly over . . . . seemed to be a success with large crowds viewing form the shore and some nicely decorated boats on the water. The only good news is that I got to spend all day with my first mate and have a head start on decorating the boat for next year. One of the new purchases that I will write a review on a future blog is the Duracell 800w Digital inverter to provide the AC needed to power the many Christmas lights and hot water maker for the Hot Toddys.