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Old 01-07-2013, 09:14   #1
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Giving it a go...

My wife and I bought our boat back in September of 2012 and have been toiling away ever since. As with any boat, the project list is unending, but as of this past weekend I finally feel like we have overcome neglect of someone who clearly held a different opinion of "nice" than I do. She looks like a completely different boat, and IMHO is the prettiest in the marina. Now we just have to keep her that way!

To celebrate, we are going to spend our first few nights aboard. We'll shove off the morning of the 4th and not return to the slip until the evening of the 7th. Obviously to the seasoned cruisers and liveaboards such a thing isn't even worth mentioning, but to us this is yet another step toward the ultimate goal.

In our time together we've done a great deal of camping and have traveled coast to coast in the car, so we are quite used to tight quarters and non-luxurious living. I am sure, however, that staying on the boat will present new challenges and learning opportunities and I simply cannot put into words how excited I am.

I haven't felt this antsy or looked forward to a trip this much in a very long time. The weather looks like it will be beyond perfect and as long as we survive the drunken powerboaters zipping around after the fireworks it will be great (fingers crossed).

My apologies for a post that doesn't have much merit, but I had to share my excitement somewhere and thought this was a place in which some might relate.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43   #2
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My wife and I bought our boat back in September of 2012 and have been toiling away ever since. As with any boat, the project list is unending, but as of this past weekend I finally feel like we have overcome neglect of someone who clearly held a different opinion of "nice" than I do. She looks like a completely different boat, and IMHO is the prettiest in the marina. Now we just have to keep her that way!

To celebrate, we are going to spend our first few nights aboard. We'll shove off the morning of the 4th and not return to the slip until the evening of the 7th. Obviously to the seasoned cruisers and liveaboards such a thing isn't even worth mentioning, but to us this is yet another step toward the ultimate goal.

In our time together we've done a great deal of camping and have traveled coast to coast in the car, so we are quite used to tight quarters and non-luxurious living. I am sure, however, that staying on the boat will present new challenges and learning opportunities and I simply cannot put into words how excited I am.

I haven't felt this antsy or looked forward to a trip this much in a very long time. The weather looks like it will be beyond perfect and as long as we survive the drunken powerboaters zipping around after the fireworks it will be great (fingers crossed).

My apologies for a post that doesn't have much merit, but I had to share my excitement somewhere and thought this was a place in which some might relate.
I don't know of anyone who started out with a non-stop round the world cruise and sometimes the biggest challenge is just getting out of the slip. You are taking the next logical step toward your goal. Congrats!

Assuming you are anchoring out... don't expect to get much sleep, you'll check the anchor many times making sure it isn't dragging. Most likely it won't but you might think it is. Try to relax and enjoy the time on the boat.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43   #3
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Re: Giving it a go...

I can certainly relate to the sense of excitement .
I still remember the blazing sunset and our first night at anchor in our very first boat a few decades ago. Just MAGIC!!!

Have a wonderful trip
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:48   #4
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I don't know of anyone who started out with a non-stop round the world cruise and sometimes the biggest challenge is just getting out of the slip. You are taking the next logical step toward your goal. Congrats!

Assuming you are anchoring out... don't expect to get much sleep, you'll check the anchor many times making sure it isn't dragging. Most likely it won't but you might think it is. Try to relax and enjoy the time on the boat.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!

Oh that's soooo true about anchoring out the first night.

One thing I would recommend is to set your gps at your anchoring point. That way you can check with confidence whether you're dragging or not in the dark.
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I remember that excitement too! Thanks for sharing and have a really great trip!
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I remember that excitement too! Thanks for sharing and have a really great trip!
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Giving it a go is pretty much what boats is about.
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Re: Giving it a go...

You may think your post is low interest, but it is quite the opposite. I for one will check back on this thread after you return to your home port. I have a hunch all will go well and you'll be itching for your next longer outing.
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Congratulations! And I feel the need to see picture of your boat.
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Re: Giving it a go...

Have fun!... and back down good on the anchor!
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Thanks to all for the encouraging words! I'l try to snap some decent pictures of the boat while we are out. One thing I keep kicking myself for is not taking very many "before" shots.

I am a bit nervous about sleeping while anchored, but the past few weekends we've spent more time on the hook than we have under sail. We've scoped out good and different anchorages for varying wind conditions. The lake bottom is thick mud and she held well in winds that were quite a bit stronger than we are forecasted to face while we are out. I'll definitely set the GPS and am sure I will pop my head out of the hatch like a prairie dog every hour or so!

I do have a question, although I am sure it will be impossible to answer as it probably varies greatly. How much of a drain on my battery bank can I expect burning the anchor light overnight to be?
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Good luck,

Get "Drag Queen" app if you have an Iphone. On the hook you can leave the phone on the charger near the bunk. Just glance at the display of position and bearing every few hours. It is easy to tell if your swinging with the wind or dragging.

On the anchor light here is what you do, turn everything but the light in question off, disconnect the positive lead to the battery and then jumper the lead to the battery using a cheapo multimetter set to amps. It will show you an amperage which you can then use to do the math on AmpHours.
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Or switch to a LED anchor light.
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Re: Giving it a go...

Congratulations....Do not say your post has no merit; it is nice to hear from somebody the exitacion of been abord your boat for the first three, four days. We all share that feeling.
Again, congratulations...enjoy more and more from now.
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For those of us still working on our boats we admire you. Have a great trip and have fun
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Or switch to a LED anchor light.
That's definitely on the list!
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