Well in the past week or so, things are moving but moving slowly.
There’s only so much we’re able to do with the boat where it is, mostly getting some info, doing some inventory and some cleaning. Well, we’ve done most of it, only thing really left is scrubbing a couple of the rooms, (the v-berth and the aft cabin), and getting a bilge pump working so we can drain the ama (the ama’s are the two smaller hulls on a trimaran) that leaks.
There are several other projects we could handle, but the all require money to get things for the boat, which we don’t really have. Our original budget is running really low, so we’re waiting till the next influx comes in (and with that comes paying bills which I’ve started to have to do…).
However, there are two “big” projects that need to be done that are the main ones to get the boat ready to start living aboard and moving and such… we need to fix the starboard ama (when standing at the back of the boat facing the front, the starbord side is the right). It was fire damaged a little while back. The other project is getting the mast sanded, painted, and rigged.
There are also a couple expensive things to buy. We will need a dinghy, (a small, 10-12 foot, powerboat that will get us from the boat to shore), and an outboard engine. If we make a bracket for it, we’ll be able to use this engine on either the big boat or the dinghy (once we have the mast and rig up).
There are several smaller projects that will make the boat more liveable, (cushions, electric, water, head), but the ones we really need to take care of the most are the ones that make the boat viable for being able to liveaboard, and make it legal, (the rig… so it’s able to move under it’s own power; the ama… so it stops taking on water; and the dinghy… so we’ll be able to get from the boat to shore once we’re anchored out).
Other then that…
Other then that, we’re trying to spend as little as possible and still enjoy our time. We’ve gone to the beach a couple of times over the last week. We’ve explored a couple of beaches near us. The first, and one we’ve been visiting the most, is Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Beach, (tell me that’s not a mouthful). It’s a great little family beach a few minutes from the boat. Wednesday we finally got over to Fort Myers Beach to check it out. There’s only one word to describe it… LOVE. Now, it was further away, and parking cost about $5… so we won’t be going there as much as I’d like, but it was amazing. (Taking into account we went in the middle of the week, so it wasn’t over crowded.)