When Kari and I were first dating, I was living mostly on my 27' Hunter, Rhumb Line. For some reason, this did not deter her. The boat leaked from every crack and crevice anytime it rained anywhere within a 50 mile radius of our location. Sleeping was a combination of freezing our asses off, sweating so badly it was best to sleep in swim trunks, and being water boarded by rainwater pouring in through closed hatches.
I thought it would be a good idea to move to Maryland when Kari's father said he had a 36' Silverton Express laying in a boatyard that he wasn't using. There's more to this story, obviously, but let's keep it interesting and short. I spent the better part of July, 2014 cleaning the boat up and getting her ready to go back in the water. Six zincs and two bug bombs later, she was in the water and being towed to her new home at Shipwright Harbor in Deale, MD.
Yep. Towed. Although this boat was cleaner, dryer, cooler, and warmer (cooler and warmer when it counted) than Rhumb Line, it didn't run. I guess you can't have it all.
In states with four true seasons, like Maryland and Virginia, the marinas turn the water off on the docks around Labor Day. It comes on again around Memorial Day, depending on freezing weather. So all winter, we made wonderful memories walking to the marina showers on frozen docks, returning with frozen hair, including my beard. It wasn't too unlike being in the Coast Guard in Alaska, again.
We both got a little sick of making these memories and dreamed of home ownership. For reasons that make no sense at all to me now, I wanted a yard to mow and garden in. That desire is so dumb to me once a week during the summer, now.
All summer this year we spent most of our time at the marina, even though we don't even own a boat right now. It seems like we were only coming home to walk the dogs. Both of us decided we want to move back onto a boat.
Wellll...Let's not get ahead of ourselves! Now we are approaching winter here near the end of fall. We are both thankful for the house and all it's insulation. Perhaps the boat could be our summer home!
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