Happy Sunday, folks!
I figured it was high time that I gave you an update on all of our adventures. The beginning of the week was slow going, because I had to go to a 4-day-long training. But since Friday, we have made up for lost time! The interior work on Breaking Tradition is about halfway completed, so it looks like we will be able to move to our slip at the marina at the beginning of August. We’ve cleared out the cluttered places in the apartment, so we will be able to empty it out over the course of a very LONG day, by the end of July.
Here are some more details on our progress:
A Place to Call Home
I have mentioned that Breaking Tradition is in the town of Clear Lake Shores, which is some distance from the marina where we keep Kiwi. What I didn’t tell you is that, when we drove into this town, it was love at first sight. Clear Lake Shores is mainly located on a man-made island, where everybody drives golf carts to the park to watch the sunset on Saturday nights. Clear Lake Shores is the yachting capital of Texas and boasts having more boat slips than people. Breaking Tradition is currently at a rental slip at a private residence.
Clear Lake Shores is a duck sanctuary as well!
Since we were smitten, and since it would be very difficult to move Breaking Tradition to Kiwi’s marina, we decided to try to find a slip in Clear Lake Shores. That led us to Legend Point marina, the closest marina with facilities, to the boat’s current location. We looked at the marina and loved it–it’s secure, has a lot of grass, and has two pools and hot tubs as well as a clubhouse. It seemed perfect for us!
We thought it might be a longshot, since they do a credit check. (Our house will be on our credit report for one more year). But we tried, and we negotiated. And we can move in August 1!
Great Purge #3
Earlier in the week, I worked on decluttering in the apartment, after my training sessions for work. We emptied out the walk-in closet and are now using it as a staging area, for items that will go to the boat. We emptied our closet and got our bedroom down to just furniture (to be donated right before we leave). The dining room, living room, and bathroom are down to just furniture, and and we have made progress on Beanie’s room and the kitchen.
The challenge in Beanie’s room has been the toys. We gave her the master bedroom, so that she could have room for all her toys! To pare down, we divided her toys into three piles: toys to keep at the boat, toys to donate, and toys to take to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Grandma and Grandpa have offered to have a “toy library” for Beanie, so that we can keep some of her toys at their apartment, and she can exchange toys when she visits. We thought this was a great way to meet Beanie’s desire for novelty, and to allow Grandma and Grandpa to “give” her “new” toys, without buying and adding to her collection.
As far as the kitchen is concerned, we are preparing to have very limited cupboard space and only a small dorm fridge. A lot of our storage containers have been purged, and we will eventually downsize to a smaller (however better) pressure cooker. Our slow cooker and blender will stay. We do plan to splurge and have etched “Breaking Tradition” flutes made!
Progress on the Boat
We have had an extremely productive three days!
On Saturday I got to work painting the v-berth.
And then we added carpet…
Rob made a counter top and got to work on the galley.
Today, we brought Beanie to the boat for the first time. She enjoyed playing with her Pokemon toys in her new bedroom.
We put up some of her posters.
We brought her “Where the Wild Things Are” picture that was a part of her nursery before she was born, and has been a part of her room everywhere we’ve lived. It started out in her room on the boat.
Beanie decorated her space with stick on stars. Tomorrow she will add dinosaur stickers.
She definitely had a great time!
Today, my goal was to finish the head. On Breaking Tradition, the head takes up the entire hallway between the v-berth and the main salon. The sink and cupboards are on one side, and this is where I found a perfect place for Beanie’s picture. We will be putting in a new counter top tomorrow.
The toilet is on the other side which, happily, didn’t require any painting. We will be putting a picture over the rotten spot on the wall!
Otherwise, the boat’s previous owner stopped by today and helped us with the electrical system. Which is very exciting, because we’ve never had a boat with a 110 system before. On Moonraker, everything ran off of an extension cord and power strip.