We’ve been planning this trip for a long time. After we found out I was pregnant with our second baby and we realized we would both be off this summer, we knew we had to do this trip.
Once Amelia arrived and we were all settled in at home, then we really started working on our to-do lists. We would stay up in the evenings and talk about our plans while Amelia napped on one of us. Ellery kept the to-do lists related to refitting the boat and I had lists about everything else.
It’s fun and easy to plan but it takes a lot of work to get a boat ready for longer cruising. Having a new baby at home meant that I spent a lot of time on the couch with a breastfeeding or napping baby. At times I felt bad that I couldn’t help Ellery out with the boat but I was able to do lots of research and planning while sitting in the couch. Meanwhile, Ellery spent every spare moment that he wasn’t needed by us working on the boat or in the garage working on something related to the boat. Basically, neither of us have had much time to relax lately.
The list of things to do on the boat grew so much that we had to rank them in order of priority. Ellery chipped away at the list and got all the really important things done.
The week leading up to our trip was so busy and we really just wanted to be on the boat heading out of the harbour. Especially with two little kids, I don’t even know how we got it all done!
I made lists and I set things aside in assorted piles, while Ellery kept bringing gear to the boat. We made a loose menu plan and grocery shopped for dry goods.
Amelia and I joined Ellery on the boat one day last week so we could stow our gear and food together. It helps when both parents know where everything is, especially the beer and diapers!
This picture below we call our sin locker, as it contains beer, wine, port, chips, chocolate and cookies.
It’s amazing how so much stuff we brought to the boat and yet somehow we found space for it and our boat has actually never felt more organized.
We’ve used small bins and hammocks to keep everything off the floor and the settees. Ellery has installed more hooks for hanging sweaters & coats.
Below is Amelia in her bunk playing while we are underway; hammock is filled with hats.
The last thing we did before we left was buy fresh groceries and we are very pleased at how well it all fits in our newly installed fridge.
Our boat really feels like home now and after all, home is where the anchor drops.