Nuts and Bolts

It’s not all fun and games when buying a boat that’s for sure. And so far I think we’ve painted a pretty picture. But like all things in life there is a balance.  I like to think of it as waves. There’s ups and downs and ins and outs and the higher you fly sometimes the lower you go.  Some folks like to stay in the middle.  Work a stable job, come home make dinner, watch the favorite news station and tv shows, maybe read a book and fall asleep and do it all over again until the weekend. Eric and I are obviously not in that category.  Tying us down to a place or schedule is punishment.  We need to keep moving and trying and tasting and visiting and learning and doing as much as possible as we can before wearing out physically and or mentally.  Good mates in love!

With that said, the latest blog is about the nuts and bolts. Our good friend Gloria arrived and we have been tearing apart the boat to install all the B&G goodies that finally cleared customs.  It’s a ver messy boat but every task is done with love and even some laughter. Once in a while there is that balance like getting a huge splinter or losing a template but all in all it’s going really well. And while the experts do the tricky installs, I read about cruising in the Med and navigation. And then there is the cooking. Yesterday I made crepes with local apricot marmalade for breakfast, leeks and potato with sausage soup for lunch, and artichoke tapa with homemade pizza with dinner. The team worked until 9 PM so one of these photos shows a glass of bubbly next to tools. That was around 8:45 when it was WAY past cocktail hour.

Today we have a team from Volvo on the back of the boat servicing both engines and the gen set. And later the sailmaker stops bu to give us some quotes. Tomorrow we order new covers for the salon couches.

And Lewie Arrives!

Meanwhile it has been another Tramontane and we’ve seen up to 57 its on the boat in the harbor. Outside it is blowing so hard that Predict Wind is showing the area as grey. The highest color they have! We are getting used to it but it goes well to repeat we are happy to be at a dock!

Au Revoir!

These photos are not in order but it’s time to go shop for boat bits. 🙂

Sharon Green bag goes up while Eric installs the new radar.
Sharon Green bag goes up while Eric installs the new radar.
With 50M between docks we can get 1' waves!
With 50M between docks we can get 1′ waves!
The splinter attack
The splinter attack
New chart plotter installed!
New chart plotter installed!
Winding down with bubbly
Winding down with bubbly
My closet
My closet
Gloria installing wires
Gloria installing wires
It's a messy happy boat
It’s a messy happy boat
Snow on Tuesday
Snow on Tuesday
Teak decks and snow
Teak decks and snow
Possible new Catana owners
Possible new Catana owners
Grinding away at jobs
Grinding away at jobs
More "Stuff"
More “Stuff”

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The calm before the storm
The calm before the storm
Pretty mooring balls
Pretty mooring balls
AM reflections
AM reflections
Lucky he likes it up there. Me/ Not so much!
Lucky he likes it up there. Me/ Not so much!

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And who

And while I let the experts

Lew

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