Tag: Grib

Hello from Vero Beach…

We are still in Vero!  A few things cropped up for us to deal with… the sink faucet in the galley was leaking, but George was able to fix it with new valves.  We noticed we were still listing to Port so we are still rearranging provisions on the boat to better balance the load.  We also noticed that the fridge/freezer is not as cold as it should be, we are waiting on someone to come and look at it for us.

We are also going through some of the new systems on board.  We installed a new Furuno navigation suite which includes a chart plotter, integrated radar, satellite weather and radio.  We also purchased the MaxSea software to communicate with the chart plotter.  MaxSea allows us to do route planning on the computer and send the route to the chart plotter.  It will also (the manual says) allow us to input weather GRIB files and help us plot routes that will get us to our destination in the fastest possible time given the wind conditions forecast.  Cool!  Now we just need to figure out how to do that…

We have started a list of things we want to change on the boat, and at the top of the list is to have the energy from the solar panels divert to the water heater once they have topped off the batteries.  We haven’t needed to run the engine since we got here on Monday, so we don’t have hot water, which translates to cold showers.

Each morning we dinghy into the marina and I go for a walk.  As I have been walking I have reflected on our journey to this point.  George and I met in Apirl 2001, which was the same week he bought Stormy Monday.  Our first date was on Stormy.  We talked about our mutual dreams to retire and cruise on a sailboat.  Stormy was a “fixer upper” and need a lot of work, so as our relationship developed we also worked on Stormy to make her a safe and comfortable cruising boat.  In 2007 we set a date for retirement of Nov 2010… but there were a lot of setbacks (Hurricane Wilma, the economy, unemployment, etc.).  Finally, in 2012 it became a reality.  We feel very blessed to be able to live our dream.

We are already adjusting to the lifestyle.  If someone asks “Are you going to go to so-and-so?” we just answer “Not today!.”  We are in no hurry and are just taking our time and enjoying ourselves.

Grateful for it all…