It’s almost the middle of December, it’s still green outside right now, but oh boy, it’s cold. While December brings a lot of joy and happiness, James’ Birthday, Christmas and festive holiday season, we can’t help but miss her.
Ocean Pheonix is all closed up. October was the month that we hauled her from her cozy mooring on the Barrington River in Rhode Island. We decided we would remove all the sheets and halyards for a full inspection. We also thought it was time to remove the mast for a full inspection and to repair the instruments and lights. So there she sits on the hard with no mast, no sails, and a dry bottom.
All the cushions, as well as all the flooring, were also removed this year. During the terribly cold winter months, we will redo the flooring and give new life to it. While the floor is out we will be cleaning the bilge completely, rerunning some wires, moving the battery bank to the aft cabin again and installing a dripless shaft seal. But most of this will be done next spring when we return.
Now, what do we do…? We sit here and think about sailing, places we want to go, islands we want to explore and all the people we will get to meet one day. We watch shows on sailing and boating and we do research on items we want on our boat.
It’s around the freezing mark now and all we can do is countdown until the next sailing season is upon us. We miss our boat, we miss the water and we miss the warm weather. What do you do to pass the winter months away?
James and Tammy on sv Ocean Phoenix