Count down

Our new canvas arrived last week, surprising us by being delivered early.  The new items are side curtains and an overhead extension for the cockpit for more protection from the elements and a binnacle cover.


Our new seat cushions should ship and our new head sail should arrive this week.  I finished my bathroom painting project, which turned out pretty well (in my opinion).  We purchased the new plexiglass for the side windows and Ralph is cutting it to fit today.  We will be working on placing and sealing the windows this week – exciting!  We have a trip planned to Catalina this weekend (Isthmus harbor) with our yacht club, which will be fun and give us a chance to test out the new radar/chart plotter.  Our soft departure date is May 10th, so we are beginning to feel the excitement/pressure mounting – in a good way. 

Less fun things

This week I’ve been prepping and painting our bathroom at home. I got it into my head that this should be done before we leave. Ralph has decided to replace the side windows of Toga’s cabin. The plexiglass is permanently cloudy and two of the windows have slow leaks. So, we’re plugging away.

All systems go (almost)

The radar/chart plotter is working great – we are quite relieved and happy that it wasn’t a hassle to get up and running.  Here is a shot of the split display:


Radar output on the left, chart on the right.

Earlier in the week we noticed that part of our electrical system wasn’t working, so part of the week as spent diagnosing that issue – turned out just to be a bad fuse, so not too much time spent there.  We also were finally able to fill the void space between the main salon and the quarter berth (aka the guest bedroom).  We always wondered why the boat was built with this open space that essentially takes away any privacy from this room.  A few years ago we almost had a stained glass piece commissioned, but decided on a piece of mounted plexiglass.  Amy (our daughter) provided the art work with oil-based permanent markers.


Ralph is now working on repairing/polishing or replacing our side windows – two of them have a slow leak and they are generally cloudy in appearance.  I am working on updating our chart information and some projects at home, trying to get things in good shape for our house-sitters.  Have a great week everyone!