We took 6 days to go from our marina in Jersey City, NJ to Fairhaven, MA. We could have done it more quickly but we were in a combination of vacation mode and ohcrapwecantbelieveweareactuallydoingthis mode. So, with that in mind, here is a recap of our trip:
Day 1: Jersey City to Oyster Bay, NY.
We didn’t sail at all as the little wind we had was almost completely on the nose the entire day. It was beautiful and sunshiny otherwise. The kitties settled down-ish once we were underway. Lola goes to sleep in whatever small, protected place she can find. Winston comes into the cockpit, yells at us, and usually settles down on my lap.
Picture this: the early morning sun has woken you by slipping through the windows, brushing your eyes with warmth and light. It’s so quiet… The boat is almost imperceptibly rocking and there is a gentle spring breeze caressing your face from the open porthole next to your bed. A stretch of your aching muscles reminds you of all the work you put in yesterday… Continue reading “Breakfast Aboard Devilfish”→
I’ve gone on a bit in the past about cooking and cookbooks. Recently I have found it remarkable that I am referencing my cookbooks less as I become more comfortable with cooking aboard. I sometimes look at them for inspiration but I seem to pull a lot of “recipes” out of thin air based on what we have in the cupboards at the time. What is this world coming to?
On the boat next to us lives Skipper Joe; a musical, funny, all-around gifted dude. He was the neighbor who provided the impromptu musical interlude between our de-naming ceremony and our naming ceremony. The song he sang was Mr. Blue Sky (a totally appropriate song for a sailboat any time but especially during a completely-non-solemn ceremony) which may have been the highlight of the afternoon.
I have talked a bit about things that have broken or don’t work on our boat. We are slowly fixing that stuff though the list of projects grows nearly daily. However, it’s not all bad! We are having fun coming up with creative solutions for challenges (usually the No Space challenge) and here’s one that everyone seems to enjoy!
I love to cook and one of the things I looked for in a boat was a galley (kitchen) that was usable and easy to cook in. Our Amazon 37 definitely fit the bill with more counter space than our New York apartment (though with a much smaller stove and refrigerator!). The cooking area is efficient and it really is a joy to cook in (especially now that I have my stove). I have made some pretty fabulous meals and don’t feel that I am hindered in any way by my new cooking set-up!
In addition to my love of cooking I am an admitted cookbook junkie. I pared down to what I thought was the bare bones minimum before our big move. It was quite an eye-opener when we started unpacking the three boxes of my cookbooks from storage. Continue reading “Cooking on board”→