Monthly Archives: October 2013

Car is packed! Let the cruising season begin!

Hi All!

Yes!!!  We are finally getting underway.  The car is packed and the first thing tomorrow we will be on our way for another cruising season.  Yay!

Can't believe we were able to fit 6 months of "stuff" in one car!

Can’t believe we were able to fit 6 months of “stuff” in one car!

The car is packed and ready to roll south!

The car is packed and ready to roll south!

The burning question is always what to take on the boat.  First you have all your personal items, then all the necessary housewares, then all the electronics gear and financial info to keep in touch with everyone, then all the fun things to keep you busy on the trip, then all the boat repair items and surplus spares, then all the food for the duration, and so on.  Whew!  It gets to be quite a list!  We will do the food provisioning when we get to St. Augustine, but I am still amazed that we fit all the other “stuff” into one car.  Tom said it would be okay but I wasn’t sure about all that.  I hate it when he’s right! lol

I want to thank all my family and friends who have made time to come see us before we set sail.  Thanks for all the lunches and dinners and great times!  We love you bunches and we are going to miss you all very much!

Please stay in touch!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Cathie the CLOD for just a few more days!  OUT.

Need to get moving! It’s getting cold!


We had to say good-bye for a short while to Kathy and Fred/MAKAI. We first met them in the Abacos in 2007 and have been great friends since. We had the opportunity to have them as a neighbor for most of the summer and it seemed way to soon to say good-bye. Time really flies.

They are heading south and hope to be in Brunswick, GA by Sunday. We will be heading to Florida by car next week. Hopefully we will catch up soon.

Thanks for the going away dinner Kathy! It was delicious!

Cathie the CLOD. OUT.

Saying good-bye can be fattening!

Hi All!

We are in count-down mode to leave for Florida. We have been trying to see family and friends before we head out. There have been many luncheons, dinners and weddings in the past few weeks and the scale has been showing it’s appreciation! Oh my! This is one problem you should be aware of if you plan to leave on your boat! BEWARE!

It must be time to head south! The boat cards are printed!

Hi All!

Boaters have boat cards that show a picture of their boat and information about her crew.  We hand them out whenever we meet new friends who we would like to keep in touch with.  I usually make a new one each year since some information usually changes.  This year we have this new blog site to add.  When the card is finished it is usually the last week before we head south.  It now feels official that the new season has started!  I am starting to get excited!

Now the lists start.  What needs to be done to leave. What to take.  What provisions do we need.  What boat projects need to be done.  What needs to be ordered online.  What registrations, licenses, memberships, etc. need to be renewed or procured.

One of our main projects when we get down to the boat is to go up the mast and get the radar fixed.  Since Tom and I are both not happy with heights we are hoping to find someone who will be willing to climb the mast for us.  If not, Tom is the go to guy!

INTERLUDE needs to be washed, waxed and bottom painted before we can drop her back in the water.  Hopefully in 3-4 days we can be at the dock to do the other chores.  It seems strange not to have her by the house to do these projects a little at a time.  Here’s hoping we have good weather to do those “on the hard” chores.

The pressure is on! Some of our buds are already in Florida or on their way. Our date to head to Florida is now October 31, if all goes well.  Luckily by car we can do it in one day instead of three weeks. The clock is ticking!  Wish us luck!

Cathie the CLOD (Cruiser Living on Dirt) OUT.