All is well!

We have noticed a slight bit of growth on the belly of Mary Rose. It is the first sign that she has been sitting in her slip too long. The water here is clear enough to monitor the growth and also the condition of the zincs on the bob stay and the propeller shaft. Zincs are very important to the heath of the metal parts of the ship. If there is any electrolysis, which can occur for various reasons, the zincs are sacrificial and will deteriorate before any critical metallic parts on the boat. So it is nice to be able to monitor their condition without diving under her to check them out.

We finally got around to doing the monthly preventative maintenance and full inspection of all, yes all systems on the boat. All is well and the only major problem is that we will need to replace the chart plotter. It failed on the way in to port the last day of our rounding of Florida. We had a backup handheld Garman GPS as well as LORAN C, so we were able to navigate safely into port. Of course we also had our charts and the trusty, reliable compass. So we have a good amount of redundancy in the navigation department. I am so grateful for the hard work the previous owner (Captain Larry Sherwood) did on a regular basis to keep this ship in such great shape. It is much easier to maintain a fine sailing vessel when someone else has her in peek condition when you acquire her.

One item that we needed to get done was to top the fuel tank. We thought the marina had a fuel dock but we were wrong. So when we arrived we did not have an opportunity to top them off. It is important to keep them topped off so that moisture does not collect due to condensation with temperature fluctuations. Monday we decided to slip the dock lines and head to the nearby marina that has diesel fuel. I couldn't resist the urge to head out of the marina to the channel that leads to the bay. It was only a few minutes and we were feeling the gentle rolling waves. It really felt great and I could barely block the desire to take off the sail covers and take a nice long sail on the bay. But the fuel dock would be closed in a couple of hours and there just was not time. The Admiral was the lookout standing on the bow under power for the first time in almost a month. She was enjoying it and felt the same urges as to go to sea as Mary Rose and I. It was a unanimous sensation, but the Captain constrained the ship and crew without any attempt at mutiny. I put the Admiral at the helm and I assumed the watch position for a while before we turned a reciprocal course headed to the fuel dock.

I happened to see a couple of dolphins about 200 yards off the port bow headed straight for Mary Rose. They surfaced a couple of times and then they disappeared. The next thing I knew they were surfing along the starboard side of Mary Rose near the stern. The Admiral made haste to join me near the cockpit and view this spectacular site. One of the dolphins rose out of the water and gave a big toothy grin and shook it's head up and down as if to say ..........All Is Well!!!!!!!!!
We proceeded to the fuel dock down a very narrow channel with only a few extra feet to turn and then made our way back to the dock. It was very refreshing to be on the water again if only for a short time. We both felt renewed and had a lot of good energy after our short trip. Stay tuned for more........All Is Well!