I almost forgot how it feels. I was standing in our saloon yesterday afternoon, looking out through the cockpit, and I saw the backdrop move. The water, the buildings, a bird squatting on a piling─they all moved about an inch to the right and it caught me off-guard. Imagine if you looked out the window of your house and everything you saw shifted over a few inches. It would make you pause, right? I had to do a double take.
Then I realized the backdrop didn’t move. The boat did! In the water, she moves! Three months on the hard in the shipyard and I had forgot how that feels. While she seems so unwieldy, so monstrous up on the jacks, in the water our boat is fluid. She glides and bobs and sways, and I love that she does. The fact that my future home is an agile sea traveler excites me. Because she moves, she can take us to so many places. I knew that this entire time we’ve been at the yard, but it was like I needed the boat to remind me. And, she did. With just a swift glide in the water. It was like a playful nudge. Look what I can do. I stopped what I was doing and smiled. Standing there (on our floorboards!) in the saloon, looking out on the water behind her stern, I let it all soak in. Our boat is back in the water kids. Oh the places we’ll go!
And, she’s got new rigging.
Oh, oh AND floorboards! (What are those?) No more bilge!
We’re kind of (a little too) excited about it.
Sooooo much more to come!
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