Jean and I are in the final phases of preparation for the Grand Depart on January 6th. A few of the items in the final stage include; installation of the y-valve in the forward head as we replace the old hoses with new ones. We have been painting shelves and bulkheads as well as floorboards in the engine room. We are changing the forward berth curtains and bunk spread with something lighter in color. Left to the last few weeks for completion are a custom dinghy cover, a Furuno 1830 radar plug adaptor, chaffing gear for lines, minor fiberglass repair, and porthole sealant. We continue to sort out the clothes we will need to take and where they will reside.
We took Makin Memories over to River Energy on the Anclote River near the end of the sponge docks and fueled her with a hundred gallons. The day was so beautiful that we went on a cruise out to Anclote Island and back. I am happy to report that the new swim platform and the dinghy performed flawlessly.
Jean and I plan on moving on board right after Christmas as the couple who will be living in our house while we are away, begin to settle in. We look forward to having the time to settle in ourselves aboard Makin Memories and still can go back and forth to the house and make sure we are relatively set for our departure on January 6th.