The princess and the pea boat life

Remember the story about the princess and the pea? She could feel the pea under 20 mattresses. Well, I’m no princess and we don’t have 20 mattresses but I’m pretty certain I could feel a pea under our new cabin cushions. This is very disappointing to us both. We paid a lot of money to have our 28 yr old cushions replaced. We had found a reputable place that was familiar with making boat cushions. They had made our new sail canvas and we were very pleased with it. After looking through books and books of material, we finally settled on some fabric that we both liked. Yay, finally!  It took them about 7 weeks to make all the cushions. So during that time, we slept and sat on air mattresses.  I should mention that we love the fabric we picked out, and the company did an awesome job making the cushions and making sure the stripes lined up. But I do believe they could have done a better job in recommending the foam that goes inside the cushions. We knew a little bit, but we relied on them to know more. What we ended up with was pretty cushions that don’t hold up well. They have somewhat flattened out over the months. So we have come up with a solution. We ordered 1/2 inch dense foam with the intention of adding it to our existing foam.
Today I have taken all the bottom cushions off, taken the foam out, cut new 1/2 inch foam to match the size of the cushion and adhered one piece on top and one piece on bottom of the existing cushion, stuffed it back in the pouch, zipped it up and BAM! With 1 inch added its now as it should have been to begin with.

new cabin cushions

new cabin cushions

So that took care of the seating in the cabin. We still had to address the cushions we sleep on at night. We talked about ordering a custom made mattress, but that really is a lot of money that we just didn’t want to spend. So we got on the internet again and found some thick, dense foam that is about the size of a twin mattress. We decided to order one, cut it to size, add it to the existing cushions and see how it worked. As it turns out, it works great. But it was only big enough for one of us since our bed is bigger than a twin size, so we ordered another one. Once it comes in, we will cut it to size and both of our beds will be perfect. This idea has saved us a lot of money. This is a good thing because Keith recently decided to hang my rugs outside to air out on a windy day. Well, you can probably see where this is going. Lets just say I have one less rug than I started out with.
Life is still good!

All work and no play

I have been negligent on my blog in the past few months. We just haven’t gotten to do much in the way of sailing lately. Then I think about all the blogs that I read, and realize that they blog about other things besides sailing. So going forward, I hope to do better.

Since we got back to Jekyll Island Ga, we have pretty much worked all the time. And when I say we, I mean Keith.  He has been able to keep his previous job and work a week per month, or in this case, most of July and  August and  all of sept and oct. I had planned on getting a job as well, but wasn’t fortunate enough to find one. I even checked with my previous employer. I was willing to move back to Rome for a year or so. But no jobs came open and so I decided to stay on Jekyll Island and get some things done, and drive back to see Keith some weeks.

Now after 2 months away, we are back at the boat and finally getting some things done to get her ready to leave in Feb.  Keith has been polishing the inside teak every morning. I used to ‘dust’ the inside teak, but he is so, how should I say this….. picky, that now I just let him do it. He has a ritual of teak cleaners that he uses and usually tackles a certain spot inside the boat that he will work on this spot for several days and then move on to another spot. This works for both of us. I certainly have other things to do.

keith's teak cleaning

keith’s teak cleaning

This week, Keith has gone up the mast to change out some light bulbs. That’s about 35 feet straight up. I could never do that. I have a terrible fear of heights. It’s not his favorite thing to do, but fortunately he’s willing to do it. He’s tuned the rigging on the boat, installed some fishing pole holders so we can store our poles inside now. The latest boat project is to fix our solar panel railing. We hit some rough seas last year and they came apart in one spot. We got it back together, but had to go back and re-adjust them. Sounds easy. HA!  Nothing is an easy repair on a boat. This has proved to be an all day job. Fortunately we didn’t lose any tools to the water this time.

We have tried to spend some time fishing. We have been able to catch our own bait pretty successfully and can catch blue crab fairly easy. Now if we could just catch fish. We have decided that to catch them, we have to  give them what they want, the way they want it, where they want it, and  when they want it, without them knowing you’re giving it to them. With that said, we need to get to know the fish much better.

catching blue crab

catching blue crab

So that’s the jest of our summer. Keith has committed to working until February and then we will head south. Not sure where we will go. We know where we want to go and will make plans accordingly. But plans change and if they do, we will just go with the flow. Life is still good.

Jekyll Island has the most beautiful sunsets

Jekyll Island has the most beautiful sunsets