While we are making preparations for one last, hopefully more enjoyable, run down the Chesapeake and east coast, I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you. We have received a overwhelming amount of support via the blog and email since I announced the unexpected change in plans.
As I guess is often the case in a public forum like this, there are a few that seem to feel it is necessary to point out how you were wrong and they would have done things differently even though they don't know or understand the whole story. Fortunately, in the cruising world, those types seem to be few and far between. That is the thing about the cruising lifestyle, the people out there doing it or dreaming of doing it are simply the best. To those, I give my sincerest thank you for all of your support.
In other news...
Plans continue for our trip south and move back to land. I'm letting my wife decide the itinerary and timing and expect we will be taking off in the next week or two. In the meantime, believe it or not, there are a few minor things that need to be done on the boat. This time they are not really necessary for safety as they are desirable for sale. This has given me the chance to check out a couple stores in nearby Annapolis.
Our first stop was Bacon Sails. Known for a large inventory of used sails, they also have a large selection of other used and new equipment. The store is somewhat similar to Sailors Exchange in St. Augustine, but they have a bit less inventory and, well, less junk. I actually went in looking for, among other things, a replacement handle for one of the hatches. Somehow I managed to break the handle at the thickest part (I can only assume this is an old manufacturing defect). I didn't really expect to find the old Goiot handle so I was completely flabbergasted when I showed an employee the broken handle and he pointed to 3 baskets and said he thought he saw one in one of them. Sure enough, we found it and it was even a never-used part. Not a bad find for $4.
We also stopped by Fawcett. It is a West Marine like store with better prices. I ended up picking up a cabin fan to replace a noisy and anemic fan we currently have as well as a couple other odds and ends.
I've added entries for these two stores on my Better Marine page. Well worth the stop if you are in the area.
The past week has been a heat wave here on the Chesapeake, so one good thing about being at the dock is we have air conditioning. Stay tuned...we will be heading out sometime soon.