Vacating Happy Times

Mike and I installed a fresh keel guard for the newly galvanized anchor chain.

Seven jobs down:

  • Install chain guard
  • Wipe down all headliners
  • Wipe down pantry
  • Mark anchor chain and install
  • Wash settee cushions
  • Wash cockpit cushions
  • Buy bottom paint

Eleven left to go:

  • Cover anemometer space
  • Splice line to chain
  • Pack lights and books
  • Pack clothes
  • Clean underside of bimini
  • Clean galley shelves
  • Install new faucets
  • Clean dog crate
  • Replace locker hardware
  • Clean and store Garmin
  • Take down shade awning

Getting s/v Happy Times ready for our departure for the seven months we’ll be in the USA and Europe has kept us hopping. There’s much to do and the list seems to grow instead of shrink. When one job is completed, another takes its place that we’d forgotten to take into account. My goal is that when we return to HT in May 2013, we’ll need only a couple of weeks to prepare her to sail again.

It’s satisfying to finish tasks that Mike and I have put off time and again. Those are the ones that make us stop and ask, “Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?” For instance, Mike recently installed two new fans in the salon. They make such a difference. I used to escape to the lanai at Mario’s every afternoon to write. Now I can stay in the salon to write and be free of all the insects — flying, biting and stinging — that invade the lanai.

The rubber tree farm fresh after a rainstorm.

Every morning we take a three-mile walk with Belle and a handful of other cruisers through the village of Esmeralda and the rubber tree farm beyond. Then we return to HT for coffee and Internet. After that, we jump into the day’s chores. We try to limit our work to the morning when it’s cooler, saving the afternoon for volleyball and writing. The remaining tasks, except for the splicing, can be completed fairly easily.

I’m starting to get a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach as I worry about whether we’re get all the jobs done or whether we’ll leave behind something really important such as our boat papers. It all usually works out the way that it’s supposed to, but it doesn’t reduce the anxiety.


About Cheryl Crockett Lezovich

Mom, first mate and writer aboard a 40' Manta catamaran, S/V Happy Times.
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