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A lot of people have been asking us what’s new and why we are so quiet. Well, we are getting ready for loads of work to get done here! It’s been almost a month since we arrived here, and along with celebrating our 5 year anniversary and getting back to Texas for a bit, we’ve been meeting with a lot of contractors to get projects started.
Here are some of the projects we are doing and a bit about them:
Hard top installed over helm station – the factory option is only a soft top, and we wanted something that would last a long time and be custom made to optimize visibility. This means having a fiberglass mold made, and then customized to look good on the boat. Windows will be installed so we can see up to the sail. The hard top will be lit with red and white LED lights on the inside. This has been one of the biggest and most difficult projects for us, mostly because there are only 2 Helias with hard tops that we know of. We are having difficulty visualizing what the top will look like. On our Atlantic crossing it was cool enough that we enjoyed not having a bimini over the helm. But on the passage from Miami to Tampa Bay, it got hot! We definitely are in need of the top.
Canvas Enclosure – we are having the cockpit fully enclosed with a combo of canvas, see-through plastic, and bug screens. This will optimize our use of the space during all conditions. We are also enclosing the helm station. That project has to wait until the hard top is done.
Bow Awning – we took inspiration from Field Trip and are having a canopy over the bow area made. It will be made of 70% sunshade material, so you can see through it but it blocks out a lot of light. This will also help keep our main salon cooler because it will block light that forms the greenhouse effect in that room from the forward windows.
Splendide Combo Washer/Dryer – we ordered a combo washer/dryer to install in our head. Unfortunately, these type of combos are not great dryers, but when we will really need to do our own laundry on the boat, we’ll be able to hang dry. Right now, we are using the marina laundromat, which is very nice. Installing our own will allow us the luxury of not having to haul all of our clothes into the dingy, and to find a local laundromat in exotic locations – and we hope to be in many exotic locations where there are no laundromats!
Solar Panels – we bought the panels at the Miami Boat Show, and they are getting installed here.
Phillipi System Monitor – This is an all in one monitoring system for a lot of systems on the boat, primarily electric and any tanks. Right now we have no way to monitor our holding tanks, other than unscrew the panel and shine a light in….not a great way to do it.
Fuel Polishing System – We recently heard of a catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico that started with bad fuel and ended up with a Coast Gaurd rescue and having to sink the boat. The fuel polishing system we are going to install will filter the fuel before it gets to our tanks.
Interior curtains – for both privacy and to combat the greenhouse effect, we are having custom shades done.
Outdoor Grill – We are very excited to get our grill going so I have a nice alternative to cooking inside. We bought the grill at the Maimi Boat Show, but have yet to install it.
Wifi Amplifier – We have purchased and need to install our new wifi amplifier. This is pretty high up on our timeline because we don’t get wifi at the dock! So, in order to do anything online we have to use the data plan on our phone, or go to the Boater’s Lounge.
All this work puts us at about 2 more months in Tampa. It’s more time than we were hoping for, and paired with our unexpectedly long time in Miami, we are not going to have as much time in the Bahamas as we hoped. But we will get there. In the meantime, I am using Pinterest for travel porn.
For now, we are posting quick updates and live aboard commentary on our facebook page….so come join us there!