Three days of tinkering, sorting, testing, packing and decorating in Happy Socks and today we reached a big milestone – dropping her in the water. Happily, she floats and even more happily the trim is looking pretty sweet. The trim refers to the set of the boat in the water – essentially whether she sits bows up or bows down or leans to left or right. The aim is to have her sitting pretty evenly and tilting neither this way or that.
After a few days of hard grafting, Tony flies home in the morning and I shall finish off the final bits and pieces – some techy and some not quite so. Decorating the inside of my cabin with photos and a map of the world, loading up the North American coastline charts into the GPS units, running some satellite phone tests and so on…
It certainly feels good to have a floating boat, smartly decked out in all the decals and knowing that the final few jobs are tickable off the To Do List in an afternoon or so. It will be good to have her to myself too and I shall spend a few nights aboard this week ahead.
We are still watching the weather and hoping that towards the end of next week might develop into something useful, where useful means anything blowing gently out to sea for a few days – allowing me to get safely away from shore and settle in to life on the water once more.
For now, I shall focus on ticking off the To Do’s and topping up on sleep.
Happy weekending wherever you are in the world.
Sarah and Happy Socks x