"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau.
I've been way too busy to post on the blog this month , but hang in there, new days of cruising are on the horizon! It seems like there's hundreds if things to do to get her ready to set sail by Jan. 1. 2014. STAY TUNED! There WILL be more coming soon.... Here's some random notes made this month.
|Sunsets on Amelia Island just keep on coming…. this is the view from my boat|
|Boats on mooring balls at Fernandina …. a cheaper alternative to marina fees.|
Nurturing is a word I like. I wonder what the official definition is….
nurture |ˈnərCHər|verb [ with obj. ]care for and encourage the growth or development of:• help or encourage the development of: my father nurtured my love of art.• cherish (a hope, belief, or ambition): for a long time she had nurtured the dream of buying a shop.
Funny thing, nurture looks real similar to future… they're really only one letter difference, well 2 i guess . …. but still maybe semantics is telling us we should all be "nurture the future"…
noun1 (usu. the future) the time or a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as stillto come: we plan on getting married in the near future | work on the building will be halted for the foreseeable future.• events that will or are likely to happen in the time to come: nobody can predict the future.• used to refer to what will happen to someone or something in the time to come: a blueprint for the future of American fast food.• a prospect of success or happiness: he'd decided that there was no future in the gang | I began to believe I might have a future as an artist.• Grammar a tense of verbs expressing events that have not yet happened.2 (futures) Finance short for futures contract.
Water and air, that's what I need.
To quench this thirst and to breathe.
Water and air, that's what I need.
Water and air, that's what I am.
Water and air, that's what I breathe.
Water and air, that's what I believe.
Sunshine… comes to me ready,
Sunshine… treats me right.
Sunshine… comes to my table,
Sunshine… brightens my night
So anyway… I thank the Almighty mother father God that my daughter is well, and recovering fine from surgery on Nov. 15… It's a good world we live in. Good attracts good, and evil mingles where there is no good. Be good.
So after a few weeks looking after loved ones, and packing and sorting for a 6 month trip, I'm now 16 days away from sailing away…. it's the Cmas season, and i'm tying up loose ends as I prepare to release the dock lines…. songwriting has been great as I've been on a roll lately… 4-5 new songs this month alone… i love it when music plays in my head, and I love it even more when I have the time, energy and gumption to document it with either notes or recording.
Back to the boat now… don't even get me started on how much I spent on Glory Days last month…. new batteries, new chart plotter, new VHF radio, and a host of little 50 dollar supplies that seem to add up to hundreds...
|I finally took a break from boat work to chase sand particles and sea foam|
This section might get a bit too technical for some of you as I make entries to document some of the marine upgrades recently made on Glory Days... please bear with, as it helps me to rationale all the money spent and to document improvements...
- The chart plotter - Standard Horizon CP39I - is installed and operational. I"ve entered some marks and waypoints for the upcoming trip south... the unit seems rather intuitive, tho I'd still like to take her out for a test run or two very soon.
|Deck mounted fuel and water cans are essential. Her tanks only carry 50 gallons of water, so this way I can add an extra 20.|
The new Trojan Batteries have arrived! Are they just beautiful?! 380 Amp Hours of power now! The goal is to be able to support oneself electrically, off the grid and at anchor, without the costs and dependence of shore power from a marina.
This photo below shows the new power inverter that Ray helped me install…
This is a photo of Ray and David… Man, the combined sea experience of these two guys is mind blowing… I'm ever thankful to both of them for sharing their vast knowledge of boat stuff and general mariner information that helped me get Glory Days up and ready for a cruising journey.
Water and air, that's what we need.
To Quench our thirst and to breathe.