It felt so good to step back on Barefoot Gal yesterday (July 2015, after selling our house to become full-time cruisers again). We’re home.
We’ve still got a lot of settling in to do — moving stuff back onto the boat that we had removed for the summer and getting her back to “living aboard” status — but we slept in our own bed last night. It felt so good.
Yesterday, we got the basics set up — plugged into shore power, cleaned up the inside, refrigerator on, topped the batteries up with water, hooked up an air conditioner (there will be a post on this) and got sheets on the bed.
We still ate out, and will for breakfast today too. That’s today’s job: get food aboard so we can start eating at home.
It’s been 25 days since we moved out of our house. We’ve been moving our stuff around, delivering some things to kids, and visiting family (even a wedding) but frankly, it’s gotten old. The boat is home.
Our thought (we’re not calling it a plan) is to stay here in the boatyard (Glades Boat Storage on the Okeechobee Waterway in southern Florida) for hurricane season, or until just after the Annapolis Sailboat Show in mid-October. We have several big projects we want to do on the boat and a number of smaller ones. Four months seems like a long time in the yard, but we know from past experience it’ll go fast.
But for now, we’re just happy to be home.