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We moved on the boat officially last Saturday and we got a few days in without anything interesting happening. There’s a lot of condensation, so we ordered some small quiet dehumidifiers. They don’t really work though, so we need to get a bigger one. Occasionally the breaker would flip, so we have learned how much we can power at the same time.

Then, the freeze came. The temperature dipped into the 20’s and has been hovering there since Saturday morning. There was snow in my dingy! Click through for more snow pics.

Chris was adventuring in New York with his oldest daughter, so I was on my own. The cold was challenging, but manageable and the sky was beautiful and clear. The wind was a bit rough though, as seen in this video:

The propane to the stove stopped working, so I figured that the tank was empty and I figured out how to switch tanks. It turned out that something else was going on, but I still feel accomplished.

On Sunday, when leaving to pick up the crew at the airport, I had a frantic moment when I thought I had locked myself into Raven. It was so windy the night before that the swinging doors would not stay closed, so I put in the panels and slid the hatch closed. In the morning, the hatch was stuck and there was no way to remove the panels since the hatch covers the opening where they slide out. Finally I got enough friction to move it. What a relief!

Then I went to scraped the windows and heat the car, but when I got back in the door would not close. You can’t drive a car with the door unsecured. Finally that fixed itself after much pushing and pulling of mechanisms and locking and unlocking of the doors.

We had our first visitors that night. First our friends that also moor at Shilshole stopped by to see Raven and say hello. Then some of my family came for dinner. It was a challenge to cook everything in the right order, but I think that it went pretty well, and only 20 minutes behind schedule. I made black cod with basil cream sauce and green bean and cauliflower casserole. I’d also successfully made french bread that day to accompany.

Then yesterday, the water pump wouldn’t stop running, so we had to turn off the power to it whenever we weren’t using it. Chris went and got a new one and put it in and water is now running smoothly again. One thing about plumbing on the boat, everything is a lot simpler than it is in a house.

This morning the breaker kept tripping, even after we went around and turned off everything unnecessary. I finally ran into our neighbor on one of my trips to the breaker and he told me it was happening to him as well, so probably something with the overall power rather than something with the boat. It makes us look forward to wind and solar power.

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First night

I had to work yesterday, so Chris spent the day getting the girls moved to the boat, along with attending their parent teacher conferences and running errands. It seems very strange to me that parent teacher conferences are held on a Saturday, but that’s neither here nor there. Both of the youngest are doing very well in school and the 12 year old is pretty much ready for college.

When I arrived home, the girls were fighting over who’s turn it is to watch a show. Chris had many improvements to show me, markedly the new led light bulbs which are making our boat much brighter. There was also a setback though. The faucet in the master head had started leaking, and if we left the water pressure on at the main breaker, the water pump kept running. So Chris started working on the faucet, which neither of us really understood. At one point, Chris removed a piece from one of the handles while the water was on and sent a fountain of water shooting up to the ceiling. It was quite entertaining. The faucet was fixed pretty quickly after that.

That night it rained rather heavily. It woke me up a few times and I had pangs of guilt over my Surly Pacer sitting out in the rain, chained up on the dock. We are on the waiting list for a bike box, but are still waiting for our spot. Chris got up in the middle of the night to check everything, as the wind was also pretty fierce. Of course I asked him about my bike and he replied that it was the first thing he checked on. He knows the words that make me happy. Later, we were woken again when a drip of water landed on Chris’ head–a dreaded event for any boat owner. One of the life line stays might be leaking, or it could be condensation from our breathing. The windows also had a lot of condensation this morning.

There’s a learning curve with our toilets. They have fancy flushing action with buttons that do a regular flush and another that if pressed down, fill the bowl with water and pressed up, flush dry. It works fine as long as it’s just number one. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination. Hopefully the girls will be able to flush for themselves at some point.

I work today as well. Chris is working on the mast until I go, then he’ll take the kids to work off the wiggles. They’ll hit the pool and then we’ll meet for a much needed dinner out at the Barking Dog. Our favorite place to take the family for dinner.

The plumbing is in and functioning, which makes me so happy. We’re staying on the boat a couple of nights a week–so far when the kids are not with us. This Saturday we’re taking the plunge and The Mister will be moving them to the boat. Which reminds me, I still need to make the safety sheet for the middle one’s bunk. She’s a little worried she’ll fall out, which keeps her from falling asleep.

Here’s a video update from The Mister:

Isn’t Raven beautiful? Our new rigging is in and just waiting for the marine guys to have time to put them all back on. The Mister is almost done making upgrades to the mast.

After our cold snap, I will be happy when we have a bigger heater. It was cooooold in there and the space heaters only did so much.

My new commute is only about 1.5 miles longer, but I must say it takes a toll. Especially when combined with meetings downtown that require an extra 7 or so miles. I’ve had no problem meeting my Google Fit goal of 1 hour a day. I should probably increase it, but I’d rather set a weekly goal.

So, the leaks are managed and everything has dried out. Best of all, our new counters are in; Aren’t they pretty?

I’m not as happy with the mirrors, but I’ll live.

I also found some time to kayak. Although I didn’t bring a camera with me, here’s the kayak with it’s new cover and new name on her. I’m planning on adding one of the Contour camera mounts so that I can bring that with me without having to hold it.

We’ll be moving in shortly. We still need to get the faucets and drains hooked up and the water turned back on before we can really start staying there. It’s a long hike to the marina bathroom in the middle of the night.

So, we’d planned to wait until March to move, but with rising costs and our impatience, we’re moving the date to the end of December. Our current landlord is giving us a little leeway with the date since we don’t know what else we might run into between now and then.

In fact, when we went to visit Raven last Friday we had a little surprise. Water in the main stateroom. Our memory foam topper was soaked in the corners and water was dripping in from the dingy davit stays. The Mister had to take apart what he could (that adhesive is strong!) and re-caulk after a round of drying with heaters and hair dryers. We’ll be checking again tomorrow to see if that took care of the problem. Fingers crossed.

We also discovered that there’s no drain in the kids head. That might make showering in there a bit messy. The Mister is doing research on how to do that properly, but it seems weird that it wasn’t done when the bathroom was refinished. The sink is also not attached to the counter and the shower attachment that was meant to replace the old one was not installed. The joys of home ownership?

I’ve been busy installing amenities in the galley and head. I ordered a lot of things from Ikea that will make organizing a little easier, and got some towel racks and other bits at Home Depot and Lowes. It was hard placing the first screw into the wood, but it’s all up now. Pictures when we get the countertops in; which should be happening tomorrow…

We’re getting new countertops put in on Raven, hopefully to be done in a week or so. We’re going with a light color to counteract the dark wood everywhere.

This is the sample that Chris sent me. I think it’s going to look nice.

Right now we have a jumble of dishes that the old owner left and that we brought from Serenity. Some of them are ok and some are really junky. I’ve been looking for something to replace them with. My criteria are: must be virtually unbreakable and not look gross after a few washings. I had been mostly looking at malomine, because those are the ones that usually have the non-skid on the bottom. I kind of hate the idea of eating off of plastic every day and they usually get worn looking pretty quickly. I was searching the internet again today when I ran across a post from Boat Galley called Unbreakable Boat Dishes. The writer really lays out the benefits of Corelle. Now I think I want either these:

Or these:

I’m leaning towards the second ones as they’ll match our colors better (don’t I sound like I’m planning a wedding?)

And I think I’ll order these placemats in Cobalt Blue so they don’t slide on the table!

As I mentioned in my wish list, I want to outfit Raven in an efficient, useful and stylish manner. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms to me, and the equipment that I use there. As I type, I have bread rising in our apartment kitchen, with two bread pans waiting to receive it. Are those bread pans going to fit in our galley propane stove? What about my Kitchenaid Mixer? Bread is so much easier to make with one than without.

I mean, wouldn’t you want to continue making these?

I’m making an effort to save as much room as possible, though. So far I’ve purchased a collapsing colander and smaller collapsing bowls that can double as food storage. I plan to get one mixing bowl as well for popcorn and mixing things and I can use the bowl from the mixer if needed.

Smaller than they seem.

The Mister had to pull the sinks in the galley and master head so that the counter guy could measure and lay the new countertop. Hopefully that will be in on Monday. I’ve ordered our new faucet and soap dispenser for the kitchen from Ikea and added the knife rack and a storage rack to the order.

Simple and pretty.

Ikea charges a ton for shipping, but it’s worth it for my time and sanity in not going there myself. I’ll have to go at some point to get the throw pillows and the larger comforter and sheets for our bed–that’s one thing that’s gotten bigger. I’m excited for sleeping in the huge bed.

It’s been raining here in Sunny Seattle, so I haven’t been to Raven for about a week. Before that, my dad came out twice to help us out. He and I put up the dodger and most of the life lines/stanchions. The Mister had a few friends come by as well to help put on the dingy davits and some other heavy lifting items.

We’re talking to a contractor about the counters in the kitchen and bath and I think it will turn out great. It’s a load off knowing I probably won’t have the state of our counters riding on my (lack of) carpentry skills.

Last Sunday I took a friend down and he took a few great pictures of Raven and the Marina. Click on the picture to see the full album. My friends on G+ have already seen these.

Raven has been here for a little over a week now, and we’ve already done a bit of work getting her back to sailing mode. None of which will feel real until we get the mast and rigging back up.

We have cleaned the inside up a bit and put up the dodger to protect the cockpit and entryway. I cleaned the master head as the sink drain exploded during the journey and there was drain gunk spattered about. It wasn’t too bad. The Mister went around and taped up all the holes where the hardware was taken out for the trip and just in time. It started raining soon after. I guess our unlikely hot summer is over.

On Tuesday night we spent our first night on Raven to test it out. It was super comfy and I slept very soundly, which is not always possible for me. We could hear the trains, but otherwise it was quiet and peaceful and I love the sound of trains going by. And I got to wake to this out of our stateroom portal (notice all the sailing terminology?? Eh?)

I just had to add a quick post because Raven is arriving today after a brief hold up in Redding California due to construction on I-5. She has been decommissioned and I feel that I should share the pictures we got of that from the broker, as it is kind of awesome to see a sailboat without it’s mast or rigging.

I don’t think I’ll make it down to see her until Friday, but it’s pretty exciting to know she’s here. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a beautiful Gulf 29′, check out this page.

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