Life can be challenging at times. Even though we wanted to take a long cruise this summer, we have had to take care of business before we can take off in the boat. We recently decided it’s time to downsize our house, and we’ve been busy for the past several months fixing things and sprucing up the house so we can sell it and move on. We have finally completed the work we needed to do before putting our house on the market, and we have come to stay on our boat while the house is on the market.
Once we arrived in Anacortes, we started to work on exterior maintenance and getting settled. Then we discovered there was a vacancy in the covered moorage area of Anacortes Marina, and decided to see about getting our boat under cover. To prepare for that, Jim had to figure out a way to lower our mast, as it is too tall to fit under the roof. That took a few days, but once he figured that out, we were able to go ahead and move Phoenix under cover. The move wasn’t far…the covered area is on the same dock we’ve been on, just at the other end of the dock.
The first thing we’ve noticed is that it is much cooler under cover! It’s been really hot in Anacortes this summer, and our boat was really heating up in the afternoons and evenings…under cover this is not an issue! But the important reason for moving is to protect the boat. We haven’t been able to properly take care of the exterior maintenance the past two seasons, and it shows. Getting the boat under cover will protect the boat and prevent further damage to the exterior.
The annual Anacortes Arts Festival was last weekend. It’s always a fun event to visit with such great art and entertainment. It’s easy for us, as it’s just a short walk from the marina so we don’t have to hassle with crowded roads and parking lots. It’s always fun to be here for this event.
Now we’re hard at work getting fresh varnish on the cap rails, cleaning the exterior teak decks, and waxing the cabin sides and hull. Don’t know if we’ll be able to do much cruising, we’ll have to see how things go. For now, though, it feels wonderful to be back on the water!