We are looking for crew to join us aboard the Glass Slipper (male or female). It could be or a week, long weekend, a month or a season. This is a great way to gain sea experience, enjoy a relaxing vacation, or take a test sail to see if you'd really like to go cruising on your own some day. Over the next few days I'll be posting our expected ports of call and projected timeline for the next few months in our Forum section. Meanwhile check out our new Crewing FAQs page and give it some thought.
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I got a phone call yesterday letting me know that our new fuel tank is ready! I'll be headed to Bradenton tomorrow to pick it up. Now we can start counting down the days to our departure. I'm so excited to get underway again.
Took an early morning bike ride to the Ace Hardware store to find a new hammer and a long straight edge, both necessary for making the new weather cloths. I also got a very inexpensive shop light. I disconnected the old Alpenglow lights in the main salon as I'm sending them back to the manufacturer to be upgraded with LED bulbs. This will save a lot of power, and hopefully provide us with plenty of light. Meanwhile we're using the shop light with a 100 watt bulb to light the main cabin. It has the added of advantage of throwing out a lot of heat - which is nice on a chilly evening. Of course, we could never run this 100 watt light for long while at anchor as it would be a huge battery drain.
Talked to the guy at the shop that is making my new fuel tank and it should be ready by Friday! I also ordered an Airhead composting toilet a couple of weeks ago and it's supposed to ship today. I suppose I'll get all these things at once!
Coleen, after a very long absence, has finally started updating her blog! Check it out at Coleen's Corner.I If you or someone you know might be interested in crewing aboard the Glass Slipper, check out the posting in our new Forum.
We're still in Sanford, FL, a few miles outside of Orlando, waiting for a new fuel tank to be fabricated. Rumor has it that it will be ready by next weekend, then I'm driving to Bradenton, FL via rental car to pick it up. I expect it will take a couple of days to install as I have to run new hoses and I'm rather slow at that. So with any luck we'll be on our way Thanksgiving weekend.
Meanwhile, I've been busy working on other maintenance projects, like varnishing, painting and sewing. I made a neat little bag for storing the drop boards that is now hanging on the bulkhead near the companion way.I also made a little bag to hold a winch handle at the mast, as I'm forever headed up there to do some work on the mainsail without a winch handle and have to trek back to the cockpit.... hopefully never again. I was a bit sewing crazy last week and even made a few tool rolls for organizing my tool collection and a lee cloth for keeping snug in a sea berth. We had a couple of anchorages in our recent Bahamas cruise where a lee cloth would have helped me get a good nights sleep. I hope to make some weather cloths and a new sail cover this week, and then I should be finished sewing for a while!
We've also spent time enjoying Sanford, FL. It's actually a nice little town. Our berth at the marina is only a couple of blocks from the main street which is filled with restaurants, little shops and a cute town square. One night we enjoyed a play at the local theater. Something seems to be going on every weekend, from art festivals, a bike rally, a food truck rally, Halloween activities, and outdoor concerts. There is a nice park along the lakefront, perfect for a run or walk and the local Methodist church is only a 10 minute walk. Thankfully we've managed to keep in food by visiting the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. An Ace hardware is a 4 mile RT bike ride down lovely avenue lined with big trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Yesterday we were invited for a run up the river in a friends Boston Whaler to have lunch at the Boat Tree Marina
Coleen and I had great fun as we're not used to being in a boat going so fast! We enjoyed a nice hamburger lunch poolside. Later we took our new little crew member, Prince for a walk to the self-service dog wash. That was also a lot of laughs. It was sort of like a self service car wash for dogs...the soap came out of the hose, you flicked a button to switch to rinse, then conditioner.... totally a hoot.. So far we're enjoying having the little guy on board, but we'll see how it goes when we get underway. It's yet to be seen if he's a good sailor!
Check out our new Forum section. It's a work in progress, but take note of the Call for Crew section. I also added a few pictures under The Boat and the Pictures page.
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