Friday, August 21, 2015

One Year Anniversary

 We have lived on board for one year as of August 1, 2015.  I can honestly say that we have not had much difficulty adjusting to any part of living on board, but thinking back, it just may be that we prepared ourselves thoroughly for nearly 5 years before making the transition.

My Michael had previously owned a sailboat and we chartered in the Caribbean on a couple of occasions so we had some experience, but that didn't satisfy M
y Michael's hunger for knowledge   He began researching the lifestyle in earnest back in 2009, and in 2010 we developed a five year plan. In the beginning he read everything he could get his hands on about sailboats, including blogs and forums written by sailors.  Gradually he began to form his opinions on boats he thought would suit our purpose, and eventually he developed a short list of boats he liked.  

After searching for boats on the net 
for nearly 3 years, the adventure for us two started with a whirlwind, 36 hour trip to Annapolis, Maryland to look at, and consider two Morgans.  We crawled all over both boats for most of the day and at night we cracked many a crab at the world famous Cantlers for dinner.  On Sunday morning we strolled the quaint city of Annapolis on foot and eventually ended up at a local tavern on the wharf for Bloody Marys, oysters, and some hob-nobbling with the Sunday morning locals.

All photos by JLee

Back in Texas we discussed the pros and cons of both boats and eventually made a low ball offer on the boat we liked the least, just to see what would happen.  Boy are we glad they didn't accept our offer.  We quickly moved on to the next Morgan, which we thought to be in better shape. After a few weeks of easy wrangling with the owner and broker, we settled on a price and finalized the paper work. 

Now, how do we get  "The Contessa" from Annapolis MD to Seabrook TX?  Obviously there are only two options:  Sail her, or truck her.  I had fears of putting her on a trailer and getting in an accident, so we chose to hire an experienced captain to sail her.  If you have been reading our blog, you will remember that we ran into a huge cluster mess in having her sailed here by the 'good captain Bill'.... who I might add, came highly recommended. (You may want to read  " How the of US Met The Contessa'  here. )

Once Contessa made it to K-Dock in Seabrook, via the assistance of a different delivery captain, the fun began.  We tackled so many projects, I get dizzy just thinking about them.   Some were required as maintenance issues, a few were deficiencies brought up in the survey, and some were aesthetic issues necessary to beautify our new home.  We re- bedded all the hatches and some of the port lights, put in a new teak and holly floor, had custom teak cabinets built in the salon and v-birth, had a custom "little bit of Texas" mesquite cockpit table built, oiled all the wood inside, fought for months trying to get the refrigeration system to work consistently, removed the forward head, holding tank and all the pooh pipes in favor of a Nature's Head composting toilet.   We had world famous Jackie Garrett make insulated hatch covers, an insulated companion way cover, cockpit seating, line bags, custom sheets for the V-berth, new salon cushions, and covers with accent pillows. Sundowner Canvas created a new enclosure incorporating some of My Michael's ideas. (They are now in the process of making chaps for our dinghy and motor.)

                                                                  Choosing Fabric

  Mesquite Cockpit Table (closed)
       We 3's new chaps              
One of the most important things we did was to have K-Dock's High Priestess, Angela Henry, perform a smudging to rid the boat of any angry spirits, and officiate a name changing ceremony to officially change Contessa's name to Adventure US 2.

                                                           High Priestess, Angela

                                                                Ceremony Damage

I have heard it said that the artist's job is not to surrender to despair, but to find an antidote to the hopelessness and emptiness of an ordinary life filled with dullness.  I don't know If that is true, for everyone, nor do I wish to get into any discussions on the accuracy of such a statement. All I know is that since we have moved on board; life has been anything but dull. I can not wait to see what the next year living with Adventure Us 2 has in store for us two.