Three months have passed and we are now starting to make progress towards departure. It feels like there is a lot to do, but then it also feels like there is not very much to do. I will head back to the boat in a few weeks to do some work, paint the new hailing port on the transom (Frisco, Colorado) and have her hauled and surveyed for insurance.
I have been collecting more and more of the bits and pieces that we will need and making list of things to get once we are there. The most mind-boggling aspect is trying to plan for 6 months of total self-sufficiency. What bulbs to take, what hose extras? How many Oreos? I have been making some of our favorites out of supplies that we plan on taking. For example, how do my chocolate chip cookies taste made out of shortening instead of butter?
I spent about a week on the boat in January and made some notes, gathered some ideas, most importantly I shipped back the tiller, as it was separating in a few places, I am in the midst of repairing it. The repairs would not be possible with out the help of my neighbors Steve and Jason. They have lent me the clamps that are needed to make the fix. Though I can already tell that I will need more big C Clamps. Then I will sand it down to bare wood and apply 20 coats of varnish. Should be incredibly beautiful in the end.
For now though we are in Colorado which is just starting to see signs of spring and I dream of the boat every night.
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