Well, a new boating season is upon us! Stella and I are heading out tomorrow for a 4 day long weekend to Whidbey Island. We’ll be staying in Everett, Oak Harbor, and Edmonds over the three nights.
We’ve put a lot of work into the boat over the winter. I rewired the main electric panel – there wasn’t one, which was a problem. All wires went directly to the batteries. Now I have two power bus bars installed behind a door I installed on the battery compartment. All the wires from the boat’s electronics and lights go to the bus bars, and then big cables connect them to the two battery terminals. As part of that I also added a battery meter and power cables to power the 12v TV and WDTV media player powered by a 500GB USB hard drive that we’ll bring on board. I also finished up the pressurized water system with a Plastimo flexible tank and a Shurflo 12v on-demand pump. We now have reliable running water (20+ gallons worth) that doesn’t have to be pumped! Bit by bit we’re turning Southern Start into a real home away from home.
This first trip of the season will be our chance to get sea legs back under us and help us to remember how to maneuver the boat around docks. As one of my favorite quotes puts it “there is nothing quite like the demented will of a sailboat in reverse.” Every spring, we’re all rookies again, getting the feel of how the boat handles. Add wind and current, and you’ve got quite the challenge.
It’s all worth it though – for evenings like this.