|Bob was great with the dinner dishes|
I did get some help with the dinner dishes once the crew decided I was spending too much time below. That was a welcome relief following the evening meal and long days. Since they got their own breakfast, I did clean up. Lunch was relatively easy with sandwiches, chips, fruits and veggies. I think each crew member should prepare at least one meal so they have more respect for conditions below when they are trying to get the maximum out of the boat! They were most appreciative of what I prepared and my efforts in doing so.
We did learn that the stainless steel water bottles I bought for each person had a negative effect on the compass when placed in the pedestal cup holders! I have now replaced those with insulated plastic ones. Probably not as healthy, but a compass off by 10 degrees is not healthy either!
|"Blue Job": Engine Room|
I do enjoy my time at the helm as I don't do well going forward since I have a balance problem with a sciatic nerve issue. I usually dock the boat and take it out while Dennis handles the fenders and lines. His work is physically harder than mine, but handling a 48' boat and moving in and out between other very expensive boats is mentally challenging and nerve racking at times. He has the challenge of trying to pick up a mooring ball while I try to follow his hand signals to a ball I can't see from the helm. See, there is a lot of team work on board.
|Twice a day we reported our position|
When we return in February, we will be working on these things and sharing time aboard with family and friends. As we gain more experience, we will work out our routine of daily life aboard and handling various tasks. There are "pink" and "blue" jobs, but there are a number of "lavender" (combination of pink and blue!) jobs, too!
So what was it really like? Great! I love living aboard.