Last two dock carts of groceries and other stuff. Really!
Well, until tomorrow morning when we REALLY have the final carts and shove uff for points North. It's been a very busy number of weeks getting ready to go.
We had ace CAT mechanic Sam from NC Power aboard to change out a bad thermostat under warranty. Incredibly these engine's normal operating temp is 135-140. Hampton YG Service Manager Geo Tamblyn was also aboard for a full day of minor warranty issues, much appreciated although I failed to get a picture. Some photog I am?
Loading on much more food aboard than last year's three week trip, we are now utilizing space under the salon couch. Very handy and such a great touch by Hampton and Pacific Custom Interiors. We about doubled the stash after this picture was taken, and utilized the space under the cushion at left too.
I got in about an hour and a half of stainless polishing today while Deb organized food in the galley. We are both pretty tired and looking forward to heading out. It's our first time doing this on our own and a bit intimidating, but no doubt we will be comfortable shortly.
Desolation Sound and The Broughtons are our main destination, but we have no fixed schedule. We will be gone for 6-8 weeks. Cell connections are sketchy up there but I shall create blog posts as often as I can. I have a bunch of new camera gear and a super awesome drone (my first!) so looking forward to some great imagery as well.
I checked the weather forecast on our Sirius XM subscription today. We pay about $25 a month for this. I wanted to have it for when we were out of cell coverage. Ehhh, I guess I need some more instruction about how to read these forecasts?
But anyway, we are outta here.
Looks like Mahalo, but not quite! Check out the porthole/window in the master stateroom. This clever owner asked for his boat, hull #15, to use the porthole setup used in Hampton's other line of boats (confusingly called the "Hampton Pilothouse"). Wish I had thought of this, it's quite a bit more open than the twin long portholes we have.
Owner Chuck and I have become good friends through the blog and his build process. It's great to see his boat being offloaded in SoCal for commissioning. The boat will be called "King of Nothing" (remember that Seals & Crofts song?). She'll cruise Mexico this Fall, and be up here in the PNW next Summer.
Chuck was favorable to quite a few of the changes we made for Mahalo and incorporated them into the build.
That's a sharp looking yacht, I have to say. Welcome to the fleet. Looking forward to cruising together next year.