We bought the boat, daysailed the boat, and have taken our first overnight trip to Milwaukee. Now we’re planning to sail up and down the west coast of Michigan, during which we want to spend some time at anchor. This multi-week trip will serve as our shakedown sail for leaving our home port of Racine, saying goodbye to Lake Michigan and heading south.
Our Tartan 37, though liveaboard capable, was not liveaboard ready when we bought her. The previous owners used her for summer sailing, then tucked her away for the cold months. Since buying the boat, we’ve kept her in a slip at West Shore Marine (the slip was already paid up through the season) which has proved wonderfully convenient for moving aboard and getting to know the boat. But, a sailboat in a slip is more floating apartment than anything else.
We have a lot of work to do to prepare the boat for leaving the dock. In this video we start to tick off a handful items on our looooong cruising prep list. The jobs are arguably small, but hey, we have to start somewhere.
This episode took us a bit longer than usual to get out… Hoping now to be back on our bi-weekly schedule. 😉
Hope you enjoy!
Lauren & Kirk
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