Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Are Headed Home!

If you follow this blog then you know that we've been away from Storyville for the last eight months. We've been in Texas caring for my mother, but the time has come for us to return to our boat and our life on the water. We will be flying back to Grenada tomorrow and we will see just how sad our boat is after eight months of neglect. We will get her right back into sailing shape though!

In fact, we have been sitting here on dry land thinking and dreaming of improvements for Storyville and we decided that we would ship a box back with some of the wonderful things that we have been collecting over the last months. Troy had a great idea. We would purchase a dock box and fill it with goodies and ship it to Grenada. I thought that was a great idea as well since we do need more storage space on deck and a nice dock box would definitely be an improvement over the ice chest that we are currently using for deck storage. The idea was great, but the project seemed to grow it's own legs and get out of control quickly.

We ended up with the largest dock box that would fit on Storyville's aft deck, it's 72 inchest wide! We must thank our friend Bob on s/v Wyndigo. His boat is a sister ship to Storyville and he is currently based in Kemah. He kindly allowed us to use his boat for measuring and even for a trial run with the dock box.

Of course, with the bigger box, came more "stuff" to fill it up. All kinds of stuff, like new kayak paddles (which were desperately needed) and even some new carpet squares to replace the carpet in our aft cabin. We even added things like treats for Luna and a new food chopper for me. We stuffed it so full that I can't remember what all is in there. Luckily, we made a list!

Troy had to make a crate to ship the dock box in. We wouldn't want that pretty shiny box to get all beat up on the cargo ship! Like I said, this project took on a life of it's own.

One of the main reasons for this idea was so that we could get a new water maker with a higher output. We love our Spectra but we love water and the 4 gallons an hour that we were getting made it difficult to keep up with the pace of our water consumption. We have only heard wonderful things about Cruise RO Water and Power. They were very helpful in getting the unit ordered and shipped to us and we are can't wait to get it to Grenada and installed on Storyville.  We will be able to make 30 gallons a hour - yes, that's right, from 4 to 30. What a difference.

I guess it's a good thing that we need to get a bottom job for Storyville soon. We may have to raise the waterline!  I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

She's out of our hands and off to Grenada to meet us after our arrival. We will have some busy days ahead but we just cannot wait to get back to our life on the water!

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
It's always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings


Linda Sitton said...

Wow, about the water maker. Let me know how you like it. We may have to invest in one. I do like my showers. Have a safe trip!!

Anonymous said...

Great choice on the water maker. I like their products. The box you made looks as good as the box you put in it. Can you fin a place for it too? I've been following your blog and keep checking in to see how mom was doing. Glad you're getting back to your love.

Brad W.
SV Perfect Wind
San Diego

Anonymous said...

It was great to see you two this morning at the IGA. We hope all is soon Storyville shape and you will be able to continue your adventures.
Jan and Judie
Meridian Chaser

LatnLong said...

It was great to see you today at IGA. The best of luck to you as you get Storyville into ship shape and continue your adventures. Take care.
Jan and Judie
Meridian Chaser