Just sitting here on the boat, waiting for the rigging guys to come and install the hardware to lead our main back to our new electric winch. The Saturday rush down our canal to the ICW has already started, and the boat is rocking a bit more than usual. Sara has taken the kids off to the laundromat to give me room to tear the boat apart so we have the necessary access to bolt down the deck hardware.
The last few days have been about putting the finishing touches on the bigger projects (i.e. ones we need help with) prior to getting ourselves moving. We are scheduled to head out on Monday, assuming all goes well today. We aren't planning to go too far to start with. Just a few short hops down the Florida coast to test out the boat, and make sure we are still not too far away if we find any of our recent changes need fine tuning.
We're excited to actually get moving, though. The last month has been a bit of a grind, with a lot of work getting done, but not a ton of play time. We will be leaving with mixed feelings about this part of Florida. Tom and Betty have been extremely hospitable, allowing our family of five to live in their backyard, and use their pool and bathroom for a whole month, and we are forever grateful.
|Pretty nice backyard to hang out in, but after a month, we're ready to move along.|
|Surrey has some big houses, too, although I don't think any sit on the ocean like this one on the ICW.|
|Finally got the whole family out for a dinghy ride all at the same time last night. In this picture is Sara, a relaxing Katie, and Alexander's thumb.|