After putting a couple thousand miles under the keel, our homemade dinghy has definitely seen some sights. And better days, I might add. I would like to point out that just Sunday afternoon some grown women were screaming in admiration of my paint job, and they didn't even see it in its full magenta glory.
|Home again - 7.20.2010|
|Maiden voyage - 1.20.2010|
We had even put some pool noodles on 'Liscious to combat the brutal dinghy dock in Oriental, but by the time we left, you can see the bow was still looking a little sad. Right now all we have left is the stern noodle, and it disintegrates on whoever leans against it (usually me. It took me quite a while to figure out why I had blue stuff all over my back and shorts whenever we were walking around town).
|The dinghy is alive!|
Finally, we've made some serious decisions about "next time." Next time, we are building a sailing dinghy - too much fun, and only a little more work. We actually saw the sailing version of our dinghy while we were in Titusville, FL. It would be a lot of work to modify our current dinghy, plus she's a little beat up already so we would just build a new one. And next time, we're bringing an outboard. Maybe it will just be a little electric trolling motor, but dangit, we're going to have one. Some of those anchorages are just too far from the dock to row.
And to top all this off, Kyle went to a job interview today, and he starts work at 8am tomorrow! That is extremely good news, plus he'll be working at a marine electronics company so he still gets to work on boats every day. I've had one interview already that I'm waiting to hear back on, and I am keeping on top of the job listings. If anyone needs a mechanical engineer, I need a job - maybe we can work something out :P