Monday, July 26, 2010

Big Ray and our second sail

We're back from our vacation with Dad, Kelly and Andrew where we spoiled ourselves with a big boat and twin engines to help control her (a Moorings 4300 cat).

The big boat was nice but we still missed ours, so we rushed north to Anacortes to see her first chance we got.  I had high hopes for the weekend we'd sail 18 miles and spend our first night at anchor, it's always good to have a plan.  In reality we left extremely late (we had been on the boat for 3 weeks) sailed 7 miles, learned how to use Big Ray the autopilot, tried to flood the boat again (thankfully we have a reliable bilge pump, counter's up to 38) and returned to the marina at the end of the day.

Despite not realizing our initial plan, it was still a weekend on the boat and we learned valuable lessons like we really need to figure out how to leave/return to the dock and before heading out it's a good idea to close the galley and head sink seacocks (or the boat floods).

All in all a good weekend, I'm already making plans to for our first night at anchor next weekend, though this time it will be a little closer to home.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Re-Christening Ceremony

We passed rigging survey and tune on Friday and now with the last of the initial projects complete Cold Feet has a clean bill of health and she's set for the Re-Christening.
She's officially S/V Cold Feet and all is right with Neptune.  The Bishops came up to help us celebrate the re-christening and 4th of July.  (below are the videos)  We had a great time in Anacortes watching the parade down main street and fireworks from the bow.  Thanks to the weather we even tested out the capacity down below, having 4th of July hamburger and hotdogs with two dogs, two kids and four adults - everybody fit.

On Monday we left the slip and hoisted sails for the first time.  It was great!!  We sailed 8 miles, not bad for our first day with a late start.

Here's the script from the re-christening.

We mariners gather here today to call upon the gods of the sea and wind to bless us and grant us safe passage as we, humble new mariners, perform the sacred rights of passage to rechristen our vessel.
In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today.
Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus), guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:
We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.  Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has hitherto been known Sailys and Cathrine, be struck and removed from your records.
We authenticate our request with offerings of libations, in recognition of the venerated rituals of the sea.
Mighty Neptune, king of the seas and all they contain, and Aeolus, ruler of the winds that blow across all waters, we offer our collective and heartfelt gratitude we rededicate this vessel to your domain in the name Cold Feet with the  full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea.  
In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea.

Our First Weekend on the Boat

The boat became officially ours on Wednesday 16 June.  So we headed north on Friday night for our first weekend aboard.  We spent the weekend getting to know the boat and the plethora of stuff on the boat.  

Now granted we didn't leave the slip but we were pretty impressed with how big 24 feet can feel. 

We had a great time ....

Learning how to light the kerosene stove...

and testing out the head...

And, of course, finding places to nap

On Sunday we set out to begin boat projects.  Kevin started working on the deck leak and Ginny began the endless task of cleaning.