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We arrived in Brunswick just after lunch on Tuesday, May 11th. We had called ahead for a slip assignment and Cindy said it was on dock #4, where we had been, and on the north side, also where we had been. As we neared dock #4 Carol looked to see if Ray & Susan's New Wind was still there; it was. When we rounded the corner to pull into the slip, we saw Cindy waving us to the same one we had left several months before. When we had moored there were hugs and smiles all around.

Bruce was on the dock; he and Dawn had returned from the Bahamas a week ago into the same slip across from ours. Ed was on the dock also; he and Lilly, our starboard side neighbors, had just arrived the day before from their new home in Montana. Robert was still two boats over on our port side; Larry two more slips down from Robert. The same faces were in the same places. The only change was that Jim had left in Aguila, but he too may come back.

Sundowners were scheduled for a little after 5 PM (it's only 1700 while the boat is away from port). There were probably 15~20 people there including some new folks from adjacent docks. Stories were told, all true: no need to lie if you own a boat. everybody got caught with what's been going on. There was even a golden Lab that was busy chasing an old yellow tennis ball. It was truly a good time and great to see that everyone is still doing well.

Carol and I will spend some time here. We've rented a storage locker and plan to strip the boat of much of the top side stuff, e.g. the dinghy and motor, extra anchors, etc. The punch list of things to do, things to buy and things to have checked by professionals has really grown over the last few weeks. We will be able to stay as busy on the boat as we want.

On one level, functional, the trip was a success: we got there and we got back; the boat didn't sink and we didn't drown. Carol and I have talked about the trip as we made our way north. Our conclusion is that there were some great, wonderful moments but that the frustrations with the weather, the boat problems and such probably outweighed the fun.

So, we're looking at this as a sort of shake down cruise. While we got a lot of stuff right or approximately right, we also identified many issues that we will do differently next year. Our preparations will be different; what we bring will be different, lots less of some things, including, Carol agrees, her clothes. There will be many, many more spare boat parts the next trip.

It seems like there are three phases to cruiser's lives: preparing for a cruise, cruising, recovering from a cruise. Yesterday we ended the cruising phase for this season and have, simultaneously, started the other two.

To be continued in December, 2010.

Posted by sailziveli 03:11

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