We remain stationary here in Longboat key, but not at all bored. We are still knocking out projects. Some are completed, some are in motion (like getting the upstairs furniture reupholstered), and some are perpetual (like cleaning the boat, which has been an ongoing activity since December).
Project #1: New Chair
We decided we liked our Bradd and Hall chair so much that we should get another one. For the dog. Moving in the new chair meant hauling away that the old settee where the new chair was going to go. The settee was getting old and squishy, no longer comfortable to sit on, and took up a lot of space.
|Out with the old...|
|In with the new!|
Project #2: Fender Organization
Long ago we got tired of fenders littering the decks, tangling and tripping us as we needed to run for lines or beer. We realized that Walmart had big buckets that worked for stowing them while underway, the drawback of which was that we looked like Appalachia on the water, bringin' down the 'hood with our back water ways. So, we got shiny, more official fender holders.
|Ooooooo, looking like a real boat.|
Project #3: We did manage to sell a number of items. We had 2 deck chairs, the aluminum kind you see in West Marine all the time, which we sold and replaced with 2 folding teak ones. Russ also sold his bright orange kayak as is going back to using the Oru origami kayak.
|Folding teak chairs, which store much better than the|
aluminum ones did.
Project #4: New radio
We've always had 2 radios, a main radio, who's antennae is affixed to the boat, and a little handheld which we use for docking and short range conversations. But sometimes it's nice to hear 2 or more channels. So Russ installed a 2nd radio, antennae and all. Now both the pilot and copilot have radios.
|Radio on copilot side. You an see the small handheld above it.|
Project #5: Weather station
It's been a frustration that we can't know what the weather is right now, right here, acting on the boat. Cat-n-Dogs had one but it was rarely accurate. Russ installed a new one on inQuest. So far it's been great, since it's attached to our NMEA so we can see the info right from our phones!
|The weather data looks something like this.|
We've gotten rid of some of the info we don't need to make it cleaner,
but you get the jist.
|What looks like ice is actually glass.|
|Safety glass, thankfully. All over the floor.|
|Awesome sunrises still abound, thankfully|
|I call this "The Morning Star"|
|The view from our table at Latitudes|
|Note the birds and the lumps that are chicken wings!|