Travel 2014-2015

Other Neighbors: Cruinneag III

Check out this work of art:

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An amazing restoration, lasting several years here at Deltaville Marina.

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That’s a lot of wood. And a lot of loving care to restore it to sea-worthy condition. 

Temporary Neighbors: Ocean Research Project

Start with any of these links:

http://oceanresearchproject.org

https://www.facebook.com/OceanResearchProject

http://www.cruisingworld.com/gallery/how-to/green-wakes/matt-rutherfords-ocean-research-project

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-04-19/sports/bs-sp-outdoors-matt-rutherford-ocean-research-proj-20140419_1_plastics-matt-rutherford-cabin-fever

http://www.allatsea.net/matt-rutherford-launches-ocean-research-project/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lesleyann-coker/matt-rutherford-sailing_b_3306143.html

http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1458

Apparently, the transmission died on Ault. They were in the slip next to us. Very cool. Very.

Sadly, since we’re weekenders now, we can’t really help very much. Cash donation to the 501(c)(3) is about all we can do nowadays. Once upon a time, though, the F-150 would have been the greatest thing to ferry them around for a few days to drop the tranny off, pick it up, and resupply as necessary.

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Two Worlds

Boaters agound? Landlubbers who have a boat?

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Richmond. River. Canal. Trains. Craft Beer.

There’s a lot to like here. 

And. Bonus.

After seeing a good bit of the US East Coast, there’s a lot to like in many cities.

The clouds last night presaged a rainy Saturday. Maybe we’ll ease Red Ranger out of her slip on Sunday. Or maybe we’ll hang around in coffee chops in Richmond all weekend.

The joy of choices.

Marina Life

We’re officially weekenders.

We went down to Red Ranger and sat around doing nothing.

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Nothing.

I topped off the water in the batteries. CA did some laundry.

We moved some things off the boat that we want in the apartment.

We visited with other marina folks on the screen porch by the grill. Read. Watched the water. Had a very low-key weekend.

It’s very odd not to have specific boat chores. The last few times we’ve been at a marina, it’s been to fix something. 

Now, we’re just kicking back. Weird.

Shore Travel

We know some full-time and part-time liveaboard cruisers. The full-timers live on the boat. The part-timers work seasonally and interleave boating and working.

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Some of the full-time liveaboards we know aren’t literally “full” time. If they’re unemployed, they may spend months off the boat. We know of folks who take extended camping trips or live with relatives in the summer, and then move back onto the boat to winter in the deep south.

We don’t properly fit in the seasonal work bracket. Software development doesn’t follow the seasons: it’s an in-depth commitment for a few years.

The book-writing could have been seasonal. If I was brilliant and clever. But I’m just wordy and that’s not quite the income stream we had in mind. 

Since moving to Richmond, we’ve spent quite a  bit of time elsewhere.

CA did a delivery on Puffin.

Immediately after returning, we vacationed in Portland, OR. A bit like moving Red Ranger to Alberta Ave NE.

We went from Portland to Wilmington, DE with one night in the apartment. Business travel for me; since CA’s still unemployed, she came along also. It was a bit like moving Red Ranger to the 9th floor of a hotel. But the essential skills of learning another new anchorage came into play.

CA went straight from Wilmington to Rehoboth, DE. I went back to Richmond.

In the past month, CA has slept only a few nights in the Richmond apartment. 

We’re planning for a little weekend getaway in the not-too-distant future. If everything has gone well, we can report on how Red Ranger is doing sometime in the next few weeks.

  © Steven Lott 2017