Aug 082013

After two months of talking, and two weeks of silence, I finally heard from the couple who want to do the boat swap.  It looks like this will happen.  They were able to get a trailer capable of hauling either boat, and are now getting it set up.  Now it’s just a matter of physically getting the Spirit down here and the Seacraft to them.  I had all but given up hope that this was going to happen but it looks pretty good now.

So, I need to start getting the Seacraft ready for it’s new owners.  We will be talking over the weekend and setting up the exact date when they will come down.  Once I know that I can finish cleaning out my few belongings, and take down the mast.  That will require some help so I will employ a couple of fellow kayak guides to give me a hand there.  It’s not a complicated job and the mast is not that heavy, just unwieldy, and I would really prefer to not drop it and damage it or somebody else’s boat.  Beyond that there is not much else to take care of from my end.  We will tow the Seacraft to the ramp, (and yes, not having the ramp open here is going to be a pain in the ass), and then I will be able to motor the Spirit back to the dock.  Hopefully, it will all go smoothly and we both sail away with what we wanted.

This kinda, sorta caught me by surprise.  I had all but given up that this deal was going to happen and had resigned myself to being stuck on the Seacraft for awhile.  Now that things look more better I am starting to get into moving onto the Spirit.  As I mentioned in the past the boat is 3 feet shorter with less head room, and a simpler design.  It’s going to take some adjusting but I think it will work out ok.  And if not, I can always sell the boat outright and recover most of my money.  But I want to get on it and see how well me and cats adapt to it.

The Spirit will need this and that, and finances are a bit snug but I am in no hurry.  The biggest thing is to have it in sailing condition with the motor as well as the sails.  I really want to take it out and try some of that letting the wind push you around sort of stuff.  I’ve been out on enough charters now to know my way around the waters and for the moment, just sailing back and forth and see how the boat handles will be enough.

I’ll need to raise the mast on this one but given it’s smaller size, I may be able to do this myself.  This could be important later on should I go on a trip and want to lower the mast to clear a bridge.

Electrically, I am leaning strong towards picking up a solar panel and a couple small motorcycle batteries.  All I will need is to charge up the computer and iPhone and have enough juice for running and navigation lights later on.  I believe the boat comes with an ac unit, if so, I will hook that up to shore power, use it sparingly as I have been, and be able to shut it down in the fall.  Interior lights will all be LED with battery.

I will need to check the porta potty on the Spirit.  If it is big enough and has the fittings, I will need to add a deck fitting and hose so it can be pumped out.  If not, I can make do until I can replace it later.

No grill and I am giving up the Magma with the Seacraft.  No big deal, I can add a grill later.  I want to adjust my diet somewhat and given that I won’t have a fridge, just an icebox, I may spend a bit more on ice every month.  I am getting tired of what I have been eating lately and could do with a change.

Eventually, I want to add some screen and covers over the hatch and rear cockpit so I can sit outside in the shade and away from the bugs.  It would also give the cats some extra room.  They should do fine, I know where their stuff will go and they can still have plenty of space.

I don’t plan on spending a whole lot of money on this boat but it will require some expenditures, all boats do.  Assuming I like the boat and settle in ok over the next couple of months, I won’t mind dropping a few dollars to get it into the shape I want and need.  Then if something does go down at the marina, I will be more better equipped to pack up and sail off to new and friendlier ports.

I’m hoping this all works out.  Kinda, sorta looking forward to a change.

Capt. Fritter


  6 Responses to “Living Aboard: It May Still Happen…”

  1. So I know you mentioned some ideas before .. whats the plan once you make the swap? moving up to marathon ? key largo ? or just going to drop anchor wherever (fending off an occasional pirate)

    • For now, stay put. There has been no indication that his royal flatuence is going to be able to kick anyone out. I haven’t heard of any eviction notices and only a few people have moved out. I’m always looking though and with the new boat I should be better equipped to make a move if I find another spot.
      C. F.

  2. oh capt.
    i’m so glad to hear this. i didn’t dare ask. but it just seemed to be taking so long.
    it would have been nice if they’d at least kept you posted as to their plans and progress.
    sounds like a good deal. just knowing you’ll be able to sail away will be the best part of it!
    the solar panels sound great for your electrical needs.
    til you get them… just for the light part…
    have you also ever thought of using one of those ‘garden’ solar lights to light your cabin at night?
    i saw an article for doing that in a storm when you lose power. they soak up the sun all day and then you’ve got free light. i’d think you’d need one you could TURN OFF! though… or… i guess you could just set it out on the dock. or cover it with something.
    in the article they had stood the light in a small clay pot full of small stones. it held the light upright and looked nice. and made it easy to move around. they’re very inexpensive too.
    i thought it was kind of a neat idea but i never tried it.

  3. Fingers crossed for you again.

  4. We will be moving in on the 30th and I will have 2 weeks off (until 9/12) if you need any help!

  5. wow.
    is that dodd a sweetheart or what?