The last four weeks have been hectic, to say the least!
Moray finished work on March 31st, and set to getting as many projects completed as possible. He finished the installation of the watermaker, overhauled the diesel engine, re-soundproofed the engine compartment, and pressure washed the water tanks – to name but a few!
I finished work on April 15th, with a wonderful sendoff from my colleagues. Thanks to everyone who put so much effort into decorating my office and making me feel so appreciated!
Now to the person who thought I might be bored in retirement – what were you thinking?? I have never worked so hard in my life! Provisioning the boat, getting spares for everything, watching the weather forecast, inventorying the boat, watching the forecast again – not to mention all the dinner invitations and visits from our awesome friends.
The retirement/leaving party in the marina was incredible! Thank you to all who managed to make it down to Kemah (about 70 in all!). We had hoped to leave soon after the party, but the weather put a stop to that plan. No worries – it gave us plenty of time to see those who hadn’t been able to make the party. And as we keep telling ourselves – we’re retired now so there’s no need to hurry!
Finally, it looks like we have a weather window, so we decided to leave Kemah on Saturday, April 30 and head to Laguna Harbor, Galveston, to spend the night before heading out into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday May, 1st. Our friends gave us a great sendoff at the dock and another met us at the fuel dock to wish us well. We also had an escort out into the bay in the form of Bryan and Cindy’s Beneteau 50, Austintatious! It was an uneventful trip to Laguna Harbor, even the entry into the Harbor itself. We had been warned about the shallow entry, but the water was so high we had no problems getting in. The only issue was that the water was right up to the top of the bulkhead, making it really difficult for me to get back on to the boat (the steps were left at Waterford). If that is a “problem”, life is pretty good. Once docked, at sunset we toasted the start of our adventure with champagne and finally we are beginning to believe this is happening.
The plan is to sail across the Gulf to Stock Island, spend a couple of days there to catch up on sleep, visit Key West etc. and then on to Marathon for a few days. Watch this space for the next exciting instalment of the adventures of Sol Purpose and her intrepid crew….
Pictures to follow.