Bringing back the family time! We just couldn’t wait to get back on the water. We both contemplated taking a season away from life on a boat. But when something runs through your blood, you have to pursue those dreams. So a few weeks ago, Rad drove to Maryland and back (in 36 hours!) with this catamaran power boat. It isn’t a sailboat. And we have let that dream go for the moment. That lifestyle is very different, and a sailboat meant a lot of work, lots of tinkering, and lots of things that could break and cost lots of money. And then add Marina fees to that and we just felt like it wasn’t a smart thing to invest in right now. We wanted quick, easy and the ability to explore lots of places we haven’t seen. We also wanted a boat that could take along more people. Why have this amazing dream and not be able to share it with the people around you! We hope to find an appropriate name for her soon. So here’s to many adventures ahead!
(By the way, I remember the days of trying to put the sailboat in the water. Kids strapped in car for hours, lifting a 300+ pound mast and flipping it upright on the boat, taking over the whole boat ramp for hours while we rigged the boat. This boat took less than 10 minutes to put in the water! I might have jumped for joy just a bit!)
Update to this post: Having another flashback to all the times we had to work on the sailboat to fix something that broke. Well, on our second venture out on this boat, we realized one of the trailer tires was seized (only after dragging it all the way down our gravel driveway). Rad was too distracted to realize what was happening because he was holding the power lines up with his homemade PVC pole so we could get the boat under it. Real classy over here! Rad had to remove the tire, pull the bearings, and take apart the break rotor before we could head out. In those few hours the kids and I probably asked him 50 times if our day on the water was cancelled. I am sure that wasn’t annoying at all. And then at the end of the day, because we are new at pulling a boat out of the water in winds and currents and low tide where you worry if you will loose your trailer if you pull it down too far, we misguided the boat, slamming it into the trailer, breaking and bending the trailer and putting a hole in the fiberglass. WAY TO GO Team Harrell! Our boat is now at the marina waiting to be fixed. I guess there is no excuse now to get those house projects ramped back up until we have the distraction of the boat again!