Haul out to do some big maintenance-Check (May)! Sea trials to ensure the work was done well-Check (June)! Get out of the haul-out marina and into our cruising prep-stage area-Check (July)! Update insurance coverage for cruising plan-Check!
After 4 extra days in the haul-out marina, we are finally back on plan. The exhaust is fixed (brand new). The boat performed well (motoring) on the 30 mile trip from Herrington North to Naval Air Station Patuxent
For 2017, the plan Is to enjoy the Chesapeake area as we wait out hurricane season. There is lots to see and experience. We also need to finish some projects while headed down the US East Coast transitioning to cruising long-term.
A little more than a year ago, we decided to engineer a complete hard top for Take Me There. Our canvas Bimini and dodger had seen better days and a hard build out appeared to be cost effective if we tackled most of the work ourselves. It wasn’t easy but it was possible. In fact it’s still a work in progress but now the shell is up and functional. We will detail the build in a separate post but the photos here gives an idea of what we have accomplished to date.
We hauled SV Take Me There this past week at Herrington Harbour North on the Chesapeake Bay. BOAT clearly stands for “break out another THOUSAND!” We came into this maintenance period with a significant budget to deal with these investments. It goes QUICK!…the money that is!
We mark our very first post with a little background and history. Since we purchased SV Take Me There in late 2012, we spent a year learning and shaking down the boat. We have invested lots of time and energy in making her our own. Many upgrades, changes for both convenience and to support a live-aboard lifestyle, as well as the never-ending maintenance necessary to keep a big boat healthy, clean and safe was our primary goal. Mission accomplished!