Cori has been working hard, Dale not so much. She has touched up the non-skid deck paint, waxed and polished the smooth deck surfaces and the hull, made new sail covers, chaps for the new dinghy and has made many more bags. The biggest project was the chaps for the dinghy. The sun is brutal on the dinghy, even more so as we move south. The chaps cover the tubes and protect them from UV damage.
She has been making many more bags and they seem to be popular. They are made from old sails and from some banners that were going to be thrown out.
We spent a Saturday morning at the Oriental Farmers Market with a table selling some bags. She had a pretty good day. Oriental is a small town across the river, not a place where they sell Oriental Farmers in case you were confused (a small attempt at humor). Thanks Dan for the use of your car.
I have checked off several things that need to be completed but still have more to do. The biggest is to seal the portholes from leaks. They are showing their age and are developing leaks. I have several done and am using them as a learning experience to find the best technique and materials. As long as it doesn't rain it is not a high priority, when it rains it moves up the list until the rain stops and then it drops down the list again.
Now about plans. We kept working over different scenarios of where we are going and when we are leaving. We both have family reunions the last half of July and are planning to attend. The problem is deciding where to be with the boat so that it can be secured while we are gone, and makeing our travel plans. Cori came up with the idea this week that we just stay where we are and start our trip north when we get back in August. It may mean we don't get as far north as we have planed but it made better sense. The boat is secure, the dockmaster and others keep an eye out for things that may go wrong and travel is easy flying out of New Bern. Small airports are easier to deal with then the big ones, the lines are shorter. The latest plan is for Cori to fly out early (next Tuesday) to spend time with her family and then for me to fly out mid-month. We have a list of things that need to be taken care of since that is our legal residence so we need to have time for that. Then we will drive to Minnesota for my family reunion and spend some time with family before traveling back to South Dakota. Once back In South Dakota we will join Cori's family at their reunion in Colorado. Then it is back to Hi Flite and hope for good weather to start our trip north.
Check back in August to see how all of this has worked out.
And just for entertainment here is a picture of a butterfly: