The reason we have been a little negligent in posting lately isn't because we haven't had much to post. To the contrary, the reason is that sooooo many things are going on that we have been hard pressed to sit down at the computer and get caught up. Some big projects have been completed, and preparations are coming down to the wire for the beginning of our next big adventure. Anyone that has prepared for a two-year cruise understands how hectic and stressful that can be. So, you ask, what does that have to do with an AGLCA Rendezvous? Good question...
We are often asked to do presentations for various boating organizations. We joined the AGLCA (America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association) not too long ago to participate in the group activities and to gather information for our Great Loop cruise from the experienced members of the association. It has been an educational experience. When we were asked to do a presentation at the fall rendezvous on areas of the Atlantic ICW from Jacksonville to Myrtle Beach, we jumped at the chance to share our information with the group. The Fall Rendezvous is held every year at Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama. This is an absolutely beautiful setting and perfect for a boating organization rendezvous. Located on Wheeler Lake, the Park has a resort lodge, restaurant, cabins, camping, fishing, golf, tennis, swimming, convention/banquet facilities, transient slips and a marina. Arriving in the fall with the changing colors of the foliage made this area even more spectacular.
The Great Book Of Anchorages. Book sales have been amazing and keeping up has slowed us down a bit also. But it's a labor of love.
Garmin GPH10 autopilot has been installed and calibrated so that will be our next posting, as soon as we have a few minutes. The real biggy is the installation of our brand new Next Generation 3.5KW genset. We're really excited about this installation and can't wait to get it posted. A couple of smaller projects almost finished are the raw water flow alarm and the install of the Argus (Autonomous Remote Global Underwater Surveillance) Survice Engineering depth monitoring system. A few more minor tweaks and adjustments and we should be ready to shove off as scheduled. Right now, we're back in the Chesapeake, by car, spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. This will be a Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration since we will be underway around Christmas. The final realization will probably come once we drop off the cars for storage and really get into cruising mode. Stay tuned, more to come very, very soon.