This is our new rallying cry. Things get rough: save the peonies! There’s a sailing tie-in? Nina is getting close to retiring, and of her colleagues (thank you, Windy!) gave her a beautiful bunch of peonies as a send off. They were put in a growler mason jar on Gypsy and we headed up to Government Island for the Memorial Day cruise. We ended up on the outside dock and occasionally things got pretty bouncy. The peonies made it through the weekend without mishap.
It was lovely to be out for a weekend cruise. The weather was iffy: it poured one afternoon, right about happy hour, but we did get some sunshine the next day. We turned the furnace on at one point to warm up and help cut the condensation that was building up in the cabin. Cooler weather and three adults aboard create a lot of damp air.
Meanwhile, between March and now, an amazing amount of life has been happening. Gypsy went to the Rocky Point Boatyard to get her bottom painted in March. Bill has been working on various boat projects. Nina still has a day job. We spent much of April and May getting our house ready to sell, looking for and finding a condo to downsize to, and we have temporarily moved aboard Gypsy.
Getting to Rocky Point is about a three hour trip. We started out and discovered that the autopilot was totally wonky so we hand steered the whole way down and back. Bill had added a rudder sensor so the autopilot would know where the rudder was. Because we have a tiller there was some slight confusion about how to set it – tiller direction or rudder direction? He later figured it out and now it works beautifully.
Another of Bill’s projects was replacing the laminate on the chart table. He made a two layer template out of masonite strips so it would be thick enough and strong enough to be a router guide, and the overlapped corners solved the how to make strong template corners. He did such a good job the template almost didn’t come out.
We’re now temporarily camped out on Gypsy while we wait for all the house selling and buying to finish up. Moving involves new routines and new neighbors. This is a new neighbor that we did not want.