Getting Ready to Get Down (the ICW)

Stealing internet from Jared and Jess ( thanks) Past 10 days have been a blur. Moved out of house. Finished dinghy. Set up solar panels, made electricity stuff work. Played a lil geetar for some good friends. Packed the boat. Unpacked it, then packed again. Midnight rowing around Locklies Creek. Prob other things too.

As you can see, Ryan has been doing most of the photographing. We’re hoping to leave in the next few days here, wish us luck!

A Dinghy Named Bug

We’re getting ready to get down over here at the Bonnie Boat, Ryan and I finished up our last week of work, and are just about moved out of the land house. One of the last remaining major boat projects (there’s about 1.3 zillion minor-moderate projects) is the completion of our dinghy. We scoured the interwebs searching for a used one of the appropriate dimensions, but to no avail. We considered an inflatable, but they don’t row all that well, and are expensive. So we decided to build our own. We chose a design called “Scraps” by John Wellsford, a Kiwi small boat designer. It’s a pretty, if tubby little design, and was supposedly easy and quick to build. Well, it’s taken much longer, and has been much more challenging than anticipated (what’s new eh?) but we’re just about ready to slap some paint on and go for a spin.

Lofting the plans

Assembling the Frames

Starting to look like a bug…

The seat runs fore and aft and stiffens up the whole works

Definitely gonna call this boat “bug”

Gluing up the Gunwales…that’s Gun-uls

Glassing up

The frame extensions served as the building jig…we’ll chop them down once we’re done painting

I’m pretty pleased with the little boat so far, I think it would have been a more pleasant project if we weren’t under the gun to finish it quickly, but it’s been cool to watch it come together. It’s also surprisingly light, I don’t think either of us will have any trouble hauling it about. We’re planning on towing the dinghy much of the time, but it should fit on the cabintop behind the mast (barely) if the weather kicks up. We’ve got all sorts of malarkey afoot getting ready for our trip, we’ll fill you in next time!

A Man. A Plan. A Sailboat. Bahamas.

Ahoy, Ryan here!

My husband has written over 75 posts to you, dear reader, detailing much of the work he has done over the past two years on our (now very dear) sailboat, Firefly. Chris is never one to toot his own horn, so I’m gonna toot it for him (ha!).

I mentioned in the first post I wrote here at The Bonnie Boat that Chris has been dreaming of going on a sailing adventure ever since he was a little boy. Over the past two years, he was worked tirelessly to make this happen for the both of us. I know you’ve gotten a taste of the work he’s put in reading his posts here, but I’m here to tell you that this blog doesn’t cover the half of it.

Chris has worked through rain, wind, cold, and extreme heat; in the dark, during the day, for hours on end; through frustrations, failures, problems, spectacular successes, and surprises. I’ve seen my husband get more done in a 24-hour period than most people get done in a week or more. I’ve seen him work a 10-hour day followed by 5 hours of work on the boat. I’ve seen him overcome such obstacles.

I’m pretty sure he’s put in at least 1,000-1,200 hours on this project. And now, here at the home stretch, he is running himself ragged to make sure all our boat systems will be operational for our trip down the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) and beyond, ultimately to the Bahamas.

He has brought this incredible, strange dream into my life and helped me feel like it could be my dream too. I’ve learned so much about him, myself, the meaning of hard work, and about what it means to be part of a team. He’s brought me (sometimes kicking and screaming) into this world of adventure.

I don’t really know how to put into writing how proud I am of this man. I’ve never loved him more.

As he mentioned, we’re going on an adventure together with Firefly. We have about 3 days’ worth of work to get done every day between now and our departure, but, as I mentioned, Chris has taught me that more can be done in a day than you might think.

I’m going to leave you with some of my favorite photos of Chris. He posts way too many of me!

And a photo of our little “team” while underway for good measure!