We are back in a marina. Although it has only been two weeks, it is so nice to be tied up. We have never ending power, which means no worrying about our batteries and how much power we are using. The power consumption battle is the constant on a sailboat. Unfortunately, we don’t have quite enough power sources to keep up with our power demands, which means every couple of days, if we haven’t run the engine, we have to power up the generator for a few hours. No big deal, it just feels better when you can get it all with solar or wind. We opted not to spend the extra 5K on a wind generator this time around. I think if we were doing the puddle jump across the Pacific or a lap around the globe we would definitely have splurged, but for just two years, we can handle a little generator noise. All those 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5K purchases add up and we can cruise an extra couple of months on that money saved. Likewise, we have infinite water on the dock. We can splurge on more than 30 second showers and we can wash both sides of our dishes! Actually we have been pretty impressed with how long we can go without filling up our 200 gallon water tanks. We do have a reverse osmosis water maker, but in between using it we have to pickle it, so we don’t use it unless we have to. We are finding that we can go about 10 days on one tank of water, even showering off between salt water swims and doing the occasional small hand washing load (and I emphasize small to the kids. “What can you possible not do without for another couple of days?”).
The other wonderful thing about being tied up to the dock is not having to prearrange every dinghy ride. The boys can come and go as they please, visit friends, roam the docks, take the bike out, all without us having to be with them. While I love hanging out with my children, 24/7 is a little overrated!
We will be here for another few days. There are several other kid boats that we have become friends with also in the marina, so everyone gets playdates, adults included! On the third my parents and my grandfather fly down to PV to spend a week with us at one of my grandparents timeshares. Yipee, fresh sheets that aren’t immediately caked with sand, towels that don’t stand upright on their own because of the salt content, toilets that you don’t have to pump, a stand up refrigerator........I could go on. We are excited to take a break from the boat. Love it, but appreciate a break as well. It is going to be great to have company and we are all very excited to see family!
|Rope swing at the spring. Good thing there is a fence to keep the crocs out!|
|Girls going to a princess party on another boat|