We were ready to move on to the next step of the basement project, when we realized that Lent is starting. Lent means Easter is 40 days away. Easter means the end of Spring Break. Spring Break means means the home stretch is upon us.
The home stretch to Moonraker.
Rather than focusing on one more month of heating the house, we need to take a look at our summer home. So, now, we’re going to start buying the things we need to be able to leave port the day after (or the day of, depending on whether I can change our launch date) our launch.
There are these things to do.
1. Purchase two folding bikes. They need to be geared, and relatively attractive. We will be going into Midland every 2 weeks, so that Beanie can stay in her private therapy (without going on the waiting list). So we will need a way to get to either a car rental place or bus stop. We’ll go into Midland on Thursdays, spend the night at Rob’s dad’s house, then head back to the boat after therapy on Friday.
2. Deposit the cars. After spring break, we will drop off a car in Ossineke, at Rob’s family’s home on Thunder Bay. We will spend June anchored out there, so having a car will help us a great deal. Then, on launch day, Rob and Beanie will head to therapy, then to Rob’s dad’s house in Midland. After work (my last day!) I will pick them up, leaving their car, and head to my parents’ house. My parents will drive us back to the marina. We can’t leave a car in Bay City, since we won’t be slipholders anymore. We’ll spend the night at a slip in Bay City, probably on A dock one last time, then set sail for Tawas first thing in the morning!
3. Stock our galley. We were planning on changing our boat’s name, because we thought it was named after a really bad James Bond movie. Then, we looked at the year that “Moonraker” was produced, and saw that it was made AFTER our boat came off the line. “Moonraker” originally referred to the top sail on a square rigged boat. That made the name very cool, and fitting for our tough, rather rustic boat. Everybody in our current home port (and some people in Tawas) know our boat by name, and we’re rather proud of it. So, we would like to order 4 plates, 2 mugs, and 2 champagne flutes with the boat’s name on them.
4. Buy some paint. We’ll need to paint the bottom (the only nicely painted portion is the patch on the keel housing!) and the upper works.
5. Get some varnish and trim. It’s time to repair the water damage in the cabin.
6. Fix the toe rail. The teak broke off in one place, and it will be an easy repair.
7. Get a proper dinghy. We had an inflatable last year which, after our “walk of shame” from Thunder Bay, we started referring to as the “Jesus Boat.” This is because, if Moonraker should sink, the inflatable will take us to meet Jesus! Not a good situation. Rob’s family has a nice homemade wooden dinghy, that just needs a little love. We’ll varnish it, then add some bottom paint. Davits would be nice, but we’ll probably tow it this summer.
8. Get and install the solar panels. We have the $$, as a Christmas gift. And, since we’re anchoring out for an entire month, at the least, we need to rely on something other than shore power.
9. Repair main halyard winch. We wanted to use our spinnaker, but I had to set up the line for it. This required the use of the bosons chair, going up the mast. I got probably 2 feet off the ground, before the winch gave out and dropped me. At least I wasn’t 10 feet up! We need to fix this, so we can set up the spinnaker and use it, instead of wing-and -wing on our downwind sails.
10. Get a new winch handle. And maybe a spare. Yeah.
11. Fix up an outboard for the dinghy. Rob collects them. Seriously.
12. Fix the gusher pump. Pumps are important. Very important. And sinking is very uncool.
13. Set up our “adventure kit.” More about this later. But every car, and the boat, has one. It’s not an emergency kit, because we’re being more positive than that. But, should we find ourselves on a pesky adventure (which we will!), we want to be prepared. We’ll have the obvious abandon-ship, last resort items (like flares, Pelican cases for our cell phones, flares, etc.), survival items (like fishing poles), and the more-used quick fixes (like fiberglass repair items, a tool kit for the engine, a flash light, a sail repair kit, extra rope, etc.).
There are these things to do.