2014-02 Ready to Cruise again!

February 26, 2014

We are very excited that the boat is now back in the water and we are ready to go cruising again!  We spent Christmas back in Saxapahaw, NC visiting our dog Jordan while Meg (his adopted mom) enjoyed a holiday in Curacao. He remains happy and healthy and we loved the chance to spend some more time with him.

Visiting Jordan at Christmas

Visiting Jordan at Christmas

Upon our return to Beaufort, it was a mad rush to get all the projects completed before launching the boat back into the water on January 23. Launch day was quite chilly with freezing temps and frost in the morning. But the launch went smoothly and the engine techs were soon on board to oversee starting the engines following their major servicing. Fortunately all went well and we were able to head to the nearby Beaufort Town Dock where Shear Madness would stay for the next month.

Diesel techs starting engines after service

Diesel techs starting engines after service

Bradley and I set off for some land travel, with both of us intending to fly to Florida to visit family and friends. But the Polar Vortex had other ideas as it was set to dump an unusual amount of snow on NC. Bradley decided to stay with the boat while my flight was postponed by two days. I did finally reach Florida where I had a chance to visit Bradley’s mother and sister, attend a birthday party for our good friend Richard, and watch the Super Bowl with our friends Wolfgang and Christeen and adorable daughter Sophie.

Sophia shows off her Shear Madness shirt

Sophia shows off her Shear Madness shirt

From 80 degree FL, I headed to -11 degree Denver, where Bradley caught up with me. There we visited my stepson Mike, my niece Robin and new husband Eric and his daughter Anya, my other niece Vicky and hubby Mark and ultra-adorable great niece Sophia. We also caught up with good friends Alan and Kathleen and daughters Sydney and Florence. Bradley even proved to be a good Taboo player, a great game in which you are guaranteed to laugh a lot!

From there it was on to Northern Virginia where we experienced another major snowfall – 14” at our friends, the Shanks house in Bethesda. After visits with Margy, Bryant, and Tyler, friends Lloyd and Arlene, a board meeting and dentist for Kathy, and an eye doctor for Bradley, it was time to head back to the boat and begin plans for cruising!

Provisioning at Costco

Provisioning at Costco

Since we had done a pretty good job emptying the freezers and cupboards, it was time for a major re-provisioning. In anticipation of this, we rented a large SUV for the drive back to NC, planning to stop for the first of multiple Costco/Walmart visits. When we had filled four carts, we decided to stop and see how much room we had left in the SUV before buying anything else. The answer – NOT MUCH! So we called it a day and drove on, stopping at the Nahunta Pork Center to squeeze in some amazing fresh pork products.

Arriving back at the boat at sunset, we still had several hours of work to get the groceries on board and unpacked.  Provisioning a boat is a little more complex than just buying things and putting them in the fridge or pantry. Space is at a premium, so most everything that comes in boxes gets removed from its packaging before being stored. Meats are also unpacked with all the Styrofoam and plastic discarded and then it is repackaged into vacuum sealed bags for longer storage using less space and have much less refuse upon use.

Oyster roast - Steve with his mom and Bradley

Oyster roast – Steve with his mom and Bradley

Since food ends up stored in various places in the boat, we keep an inventory system so that we can easily find things when they are needed. All this takes quite a bit of time. Before departing, I would make another trip to Costco in Wilmington – where I would also visit my friend Nancy in Southport – and make several trips to Walmart for all those things you can’t get at Costco. (for all my Youtube fans, a video of this whole process is in the works).

We were very happy to attend an oyster roast at the home of our electrician and now good friend, Steve, where we had a chance to relax, gorge on oysters, and catch up with his family.

New deckhand Gary on right with parents and sister

New deckhand Gary on right with parents and sister

We are also very pleased to welcome Gary Sanders on board as our new deckhand. Gary is from NC, a graduate of UNC Wilmington, and has his Coast Guard OUPV (6-pack) license as well as some very good experience.  We had the pleasure of meeting his parents, when is mother insisted on visiting with us to see who was taking her little boy to far away places.  Mom brought Dad and his older sister for a tour of the Shear Madness and a great lunch, so we learned all kinds of interesting history about Gary!

We are planning to depart soon for Charleston, SC and from there to the Bahamas where we look forward to some WARM water and some fresh fish!

Photos of some of the work we did are included below. Click any photo to enlarge and please send us comments! We love to hear from you!

  1. #1 by Mary and Scott Ray on March 2, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your pictures with comments. It’s great to feel like “part of the party!”
    I’m looking forward to your next sharing of experiences.
    We have not done much traveling of late, but are enjoying retirement life in Atlanta, including visits from near and farflung family.
    Love from Scott and Mary Ray


  2. #2 by Sarah Nutter on March 1, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    We go shopping at the Nahunta pork store every time we visit my son and his family! He is stationed at Seymour Johnson in Goldsboro. What fun – Sarah


  3. #3 by Raghavan Srinivasan on February 28, 2014 - 6:40 pm

    Hello Kathy,

    I know how you are doing from your post.

    I am still with Mobile Insight and we are limping along. Application is now very stable with all the improvements we made after the disastrous summer of 2013. We need to grow or else …

    It has been a while since we had a chance to catch up. Please reach out to me next time you are in Northern Virginia.

    Do you have Joel Reiser’s cell number? Would you please share it with me? I lost all the numbers from my previous cell; I would like to catch up with him.



  4. #4 by Anonymous on February 28, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Sure enjoy keeping up with your adventures. Thanks! Bri PS: I am a grandma. Chris is a daddy. The baby boy is healthy and beautiful. B


  5. #5 by Wilma Grant on February 28, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    Hi Kathy & Bradley – am in the process of retiring from the govt./Court …. wanted to let you know.
    Busy with opinion work today and will catch up on your update very soon.
    Thanks for keeping all of us informed.—Wilma

    Note: wgrant0208@gmail.com Home: 703-430-8278

    Approx. April 2014 exit.


  6. #6 by MacDonald-Miller, Dee (US) on February 27, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Great to hear about all your adventures- missed seeing you while you were here. Will you be back in the spring if so would love to see you.

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. #7 by GEORGE VANISH on February 26, 2014 - 9:03 pm

    Glad to see someone is heading for warm weather. I have had enough of this stuff. Thanks for the updates.  Enjoy…. George  George R. Vanish GVANISH@YAHOO.COM


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