Saturday, February 23, 2013

It has started...

The saying "Goodbye's" that is along with the tears!

Aloha Dan and Sandra
Besides Moondance, there are so many of our wonderful friends from the Ko Olina Marina leaving over the next several months.

All heading different directions of course - some by air; some by sea.

Enjoying the Eats
Dan, Sandra, and Sevin (crew of the Jolly Lama) are the first. Going back to Hotlanta.

So our R&R Yacht Club threw them a helluva bash last night.

The Manly Men
We started with a great potluck on the promenade and then walked over to watch the sunset.

Catching the sunset
It was beautiful and almost a green flash - almost.

We ended up in the laundry room (warm and dry).
Love The Band!

That's when the party really got started.

The Band showed up and played all of our favorite sing-a-long songs.

Michael on the ukulele and Dave playing the guitar and the harmonica - what a treat.

The Laundry Room Girls
 And then the Girls got to do some dancing to Mel's version of the Pineapple Hula. Very entertaining I am sure.
Another beautiful sunset
It is amazing what lifelong friends you can make in such a short time.

We are going to miss the gang from the R&R Yacht Club for sure - so many wonderful memories.
A Hui Kaua (Until we meet again)!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

You would think...

That after 4 big cruising adventures, Moondance and crew would be better prepared - but we are definitely not.
The Big Ass Boat!
We are scheduled to sail away in April, but instead of our project and shopping lists shrinking, they continue to grow.

That's not good. Are we getting to old for this cruising thing?  Not yet!
Dock Buddies
Everyone makes fun of my spreadsheets, but there is no way we would be able to remember half the stuff we gotta do before leaving.

Current projects include:
  • Re-bedding chain plates and ports (yes, during the rainy season)
  • Rebuilding and installing new winches
  • Installing new VHF radio (with AIS - yeah)
  • Revamping blower outlet
  • And more
Surf's Up
And the shopping list is even bigger and more expensive.  Good thing Doug is working at West Marine.

All this and we are still working.  I am really looking forward to our 2nd retirement!

I know it is all going to work out just fine, but it is a little stressful. Whine, whine, whine.

PS: The Big Ass Boat is rumored to belong to Larry Ellison (arch enemy). This is his "small" boat!