Dreamtime was put in the water and settled into her slip on Friday 22 May, and here she has stayed.
We moved aboard on Saturday, 23 May, and here we have lived. Internet access is dodgy at best, especially on weekends when there are so many more people in the marina vying for the same signal, so we have not been making updates to the blog or even keeping up with email as well as we would prefer.
The dock is its own little community within the larger community of the marina. Most people (95%?) don’t live aboard and are only here for the weekends. So the weekdays are a totally different experience than weekends, and much quieter. We moved aboard on Saturday of the US 3 day Memorial Day weekend holiday, so our first weekend was one of a lot of activity and meeting people on our dock. It was great to meet everyone and were invited to a pot-luck barbecue on Sunday night.
One of the first things I have noticed was how helpful everyone is. Whenever a boat is arriving or departing people come out on the dock to assist with lines and fend off so boats have an easier time making the tight maneuvers. Also, if someone has an engine issue (or any other issue) multiple people come by to lend a hand and/or give advice, guidance, and experience. Advice is just a question away.
Most boats back into their slips and most people spend their time in the cockpit of their boats, so all you have to do is look up and see who may be around to chat with or often in our case ask for advice.
Usually by mid-afternoon of the last day of the weekend, most weekenders have left and the dock and marina are very quiet with very few people about.
Of the 14 boats on our dock there are 3-4 liveaboards. One is transient and expects to leave in a few weeks time. One lives on the boat 5 days a week and goes back to their land based home for 2 during the summer. And then there are us and a family at the other end of the dock that are here 7 days a week. So you can imagine how quiet it can be during the week.
Dreamtime is still a work in process. We have been spending our days cleaning the boat inside and out, moving things aboard, organizing, then re-organizing, getting familiar with the systems, and how things work and cleaning again. We are also making constant runs to West Marine (the marine supply store), the hardware store and the discount store for bits, parts, containers, cleaning supplies, you name it. The days are full on and have been flying by. We definitely are adapting to retirement life as we struggle to remember what day it is.
No, we haven’t taken Dreamtime out yet. We were still waiting for some bits and parts to put her together fully. The parts have arrived and we hope the riggers are able to go up the mast to install things in the next day or two. Bob still has to test and learn a few more systems and make sure all is right. We are hoping to untie the dock lines and go for a sail later this week.
We’ll keep you posted…that will be another exciting day.