And….We’re Off!

After years of preparation, planning and delaying; after months of hard dawn to dusk work…Evenstar has left the dock for good!

Thanks to Betsy Rafferty for the picture!
Evenstar sailing out of Greenwich Bay on our departure!
Thanks to Betsy Rafferty for the photo.

As I type this I am sitting in Mattapoisett Harbor in Massachusets.  Not exotic or far away, but we’re home because home is on the boat.

It turns out the worst and most miserable part of leaving was squaring away the house.  Sixteen years of accumulated memories, and more importantly sixteen years of accumulated crap for lack of a better word.  The mind boggles slightly how we could fill a fifteen yard dumpster so easily after three yard sales, repeated runs to donation centers and pickups by the big sisters, giving things to friends and family, months of selling on Craigslist and Ebay.  And we STILL have way to much on the boat, for now.

Emptying the house, coupled with last minute work on the boat and moving things around meant four weeks in a marina that we didn’t want to spend.  But you need things like a working windlass and boom vang to cruise the boat.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely marina – clean, modern, and neat with excellent facilities.  But marinas and docks just aren’t our bag.

So last Sunday, July 22nd at 4:30 p.m. after one more exhausting day of schlepping, fixing, tossing and organizing we pulled out of the slip and set our sails.

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3 Comments

  1. Azzy says:

    I am so sorry we missed your going away. JR was home through the 11-17th on R&R from his 1 year tour in the sandbox and we had to move in that week. Excited to read of your travels! I wish you all well. If you are all still in Mattapoisett let me know. I’m just the next town over… If not, we’re back in VA come december. If you make your way to VA Beach after that we’d love to see you. Until then, fair well & following seas to your and the family!

  2. Windtraveler says:

    NICE!! Congrats guys, you are FREEEEEEE! 🙂

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