I can’t begin to describe how amazing it is to be aboard Rocinante once more. As many of you know, we started this process many years ago – specifically, we took our “test run” back in 2006/2007 spending a bit over 10 months aboard Rocinante to more or less confirm that this was the life we wanted. Well, it was, but things didn’t go exactly as planned and here we are almost 10 years later finally picking up where we left off!
We’ve been in Maryland for almost a month now, getting Rocinante ready to go and enjoying life – so far, we’ve replaced all of the running rigging; in essence all the lines (ropes) that we use to control the sails on Rocinante.
We’ve also replaced all the batteries – all of our lights and navigational equipment runs off 12V batteries just like on your car, but since we typically are not running an engine, we have a boatload of batteries so we can run everything for days without worrying about recharging. I’ll talk more about that in an other post… I’ve repaired some of the cabin lights that were not working – darn mini toggle switches went bad, but nothing a quick trip to Radio Shack and some soldering wouldn’t fix!
I’ve fixed the toilet, we’ve scrubbed her decks – click the links or check out our videos section for some cool footage! :et’s see, what else? We’ve put the sails back on, installed and checked all of the navigational equipment (except for the radar), emptied and cleaned out the starboard locker; well, actually all the lockers – inside & out!
But the best part is that we’ve been enjoying the process, taking it slow and spending a lot of quality time just enjoying what this lifestyle has to offer. We’ve met a bunch of new people on D-dock and another group on C-dock, we’ve gotten together with old sailing friends we hadn’t seen in years and as always, given back to the community!
While our plans are always fluid, we’re currently working to finish all the “work” on Rocinante by the end of May. Then we plan to spend June sailing the Chesapeake to more or less get our sea legs back. Assuming all goes well, we’ll cast off the lines here in Maryland at the end of June and sail North to Maine for the summer.
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Till next time,
Carlos & Maria
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