Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stuart for the Winter (sort of)

After arriving last month, we only had a few days to "put the boat away" before leaving Stuart and heading back to Wayne for a whirlwind Thanksgiving celebration. Soon after, we headed south on 95 covering by car in 2 days what took 2 weeks by boat on the ICW.

Upon our return to Stuart two weeks ago we quickly settled into the live-aboard life -- getting to know our neighbors, morning walks over the Rte. 1 bridge (the only "hill" on the Treasure Coast), and daily boat chores. The Cap'n maintains a running to-do list to keep Freedom ship shape, and that list keeps him busy.

We have also been focused on repairs and refurbishings around the boat: replacing the dinghy pontoons, new cushions for the Calypso Deck, new bimini and canvas covers for the dinghy, coolers, cap rails, and possibly, re-doing the cap rail varnish.  We picked out a snappy red stripe for the cushions -- lending our own touch to the boat upholstery. 

It's not all work though,. We have been able to enjoy walking through downtown Stuart, the Sunday Green Market,  the Stuart Christmas Parade (a 2 hour long event with 80 lighted floats and a cast of thousands), reconnecting with fellow CCA members at the local December luncheon, visiting with friends from "up north" who happen to be in town for the winter or just a few days.  

We'll be here for another week before heading north again, but for now we are going to enjoy wearing our flip flops.

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