With a forecast of light winds and sunny skies, our first sail with Renata started off perfectly. Wellll, just give it 20 minutes…
We leave the dock, woohoo! How far do we make it in the first week? Drumroll, please…four miles! Have we mentioned traveling by boat isn’t exactly fast?
This is our third time launching the boat after spending time on the hard. We’ve figured out the routine, for the most part, and each time has been easier than the last. But with so many moving parts, literally and figuratively, it seems like there’s always a new surprise or challenge.
When we first bought our sailboat, we didn't know anything about boat repair. Now, a few years and dozens of boat projects later, we've acquired quite a bit of experience. With similar projects popping up a second time we don’t feel so clueless anymore!
The water is so close now we can smell it. After trailering Soulianis out of our landlocked boatyard, she’s now poised and ready for launch — right after we finish painting the centerboard with bottom paint.
Remember the horrible arch saga? Well, we’re officially putting an end to that chapter… and nope, we didn’t hire another contractor — instead we decided to build a bimini ourselves.
First, I'd thank everyone for the concerned questions, comments, sincere emails and vicarious anger regarding our arch project. I'm hopeful this post and video will answer all your questions, and we can finally put the "arch saga" to rest.
When we smelled diesel in our cabin, we knew we had a problem. We just hoped it would turn out to be an easy fix… but how often does THAT happen?