Phil and I decided to start a blog to talk about our preparations for getting ready to go cruising. Oct 9 - 12 we visited the Annapolis Boat Show staying up in Glen Burnie, MD. Had a great time, found the next boat we want to buy if we love the cruising lifestyle (Bavaria 50) and bought items for the boat for both of us. Phil bought me a 21 piece set of stainless steel nesting cookware, as I intent to cook on board. (Thank you!!) This cookware has both metal lids and tupperware type lids so that you can also store food in the pan. I bought for myself a set of Fagou Pressure cookers (8 quart and 4 quart) that came with a pasta pot, a steamed pan, and a couple racks. Check out "Show Me Products" web site to see what they look like. My plan is to nest most of the cookware inside the pressure cookers and store the 8qt on the stove and the 4qt in the oven. For now I get to play with my new pressure cookers! I'm looking forward to cooking the bean and split peas and rice in them that I usually can't cook in a pressure cooker. My plan is to also to try recipes from some of the cookbooks I got with the above purchases at the boat show and try them at home to make sure we like them.
Phil bought an under the deck autohelm. (sorry I don't remember the name of it) He is now currently trying to decide about making the tiller arm for this to rest on. They sure are expensive (isn't most boat items??) and I'm sure that he'll be able to make if he thinks he can. He also bought a Garmin 425 GPS - has all the charts of the US and Bahamas already in it and is HD. I'll work on learning how to use it later this winter. Too many other things to do right now. We also bought some fishing gear - a cuban reel with 80# monofilament cord w/lure and hook included. We also bought 4 additional lures. The gentleman that sold them to us said that this lure will help the tail biters not cut thru the line - so hopefully we'll be catching some tuna, grooper and mahi mahi as we're sailing.
Phil has finished putting the boat away as of yesterday. What a relief! He's been working very hard trying to get this done before the temperatures were below 50F permanently. He did extra this fall sanding the Trinidan SR off the keel (too soft), the fresh water bottom paint off the rest of bottom and putting 2 coats of interprotect on the keel. He's going to be putting Vivid paint on the bottom in the spring, which is good in salt water. You should see his hands! Stained from the blue paint. He also bought a new tarp and cut wood so that he can attach the tarp to the boat at the toe rail so the tarp doesn't scratch the new red paint job we got a couple years ago as a result of the big Grand River Flood.
While we were in Annapolis, we were hoping to meet some of the cruising group from Port Stanley Sailing Squadron, but as I had lost their contact information, we couldn't tell if any were there or not. Phil and I had visited Port Stanley in July during our 2 week sailing vacation and had a great time talking with the members that are cruising down to the Bahamas this fall. Two of their members have blogs which can be accessed from the Port Stanley Sailng Squadron web site for anyone interested. I was so excited to be able to contact them on their travels and really upset that I can't find the information. If any of this group reads my blog, please try to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you could.
Well I have talked you ear off and have plenty to do here at home - digging up the rest of the rutabaga that I have planted, picking lettuce, going to vote and cleaning the house. Phil is helping with the Grand River Yacht Club work day and also helping a couple sailors take their masts off the boats. He'll help me clean later this weekend. Have a nice day.