Saturday, September 6, 2014

Homeless Again!

It was a busy and stressful week for the kids. Well, stressful for them means that occasionally their daytime naps were interrupted. After a week onboard, they were booted once again out of their home while aCappella was hauled, bottom painted, and received an insurance survey.

It's always an issue about what to do with the 4-footed crew. During the day they settled into the small lounge area in the back of the ships store. Fortunately, the guys working there loved dogs and didn't seem to mind as Dylan and Dee Dee took the place over

They loved the big wrap-around window right in the middle of things. This let them keep track of just about everyone's comings and goings. Atlantic Yacht Basin is a busy yard so there was pretty much always someone coming through the door. There was hardly any time to nap.

But the place did close down at the end of the day so that meant two fun-filled nights at the local La Quinta where there was plenty of time for napping. Of course, this time a preliminary room sweep occurred to ensure there were no repeats of the last time with the soap.

There were two mornings of Daddy's famous Brightside waffles and we even had a pizza delivered one night. Those things never happen on the boat.

By the second morning we were all getting a little restless to be back home. Dee Dee showed her displeasure by barking loudly - checked the water dish (full), made a potty run (nothing), wiggled a toy (no good). So finally I put on the TV and found Paw Patrol, a Nickelodeon cartoon, "where no job is too big and no pup is too small! When there is trouble in Adventure Bay, the pups of Paw Patrol are ready to save the day."

She was mesmerized. Of course, like any respectable children's show there are tons of associated items you can buy. Dee Dee is already hinting, after all Christmas is practically around the corner. At first she wanted the Paw Patrol Lunch Kit but then learned it didn't include any lunch.

So then she was torn between a Paw Patrol Plush Pup Pal.

Or a Paw Patrol Racer.

Hard choice. She wondered if she could be good enough so Santa would bring her one of each.  I told her when that happens pigs would fly out of....well, you know.

As for Dylan, he was the usual angel, happy to just be cuddling.

We were back onboard right on schedule and happy. We don't even miss the king-sized bed. Well, not too much...


Unknown said...

Notice the dogs seldom stand. My dog learnrd that after a while. She has spots to lay and watch without geeting in the way. Good dogs.

Dave Gibson said...

This made me smile. Dogs are fairly adaptable, to a degree. Since we sold Drift Away, they seem to be very happy romping around the Adirondacks. Florida, where we restrain them because of alligators, not so much. :)

Sean said...

Hi Jeff.

You've told me on several occasions that aCappella draws six feet, a datum upon which we've relied when we arrive at some of your old haunts in our six-foot-draft boat. But in the photo of the boat at the wash rack, the head of the worker wielding the pressure washer is significantly above the scum line -- it looks in this photo that the draft is only about five feet.

Am I seeing this at an odd angle, or is this gentleman taller than I imagine? I'm also looking at the operator's platform on the Travelift, which I expect to be about six feet above ground.

Also, let me welcome you to the ranks of full-time cruisers. I wish you luck on the sale of the house and whatever is left of your downsizing effort.

MV Red Head said...


I think Jeff may be responding to you privately, but I wanted to remove any confusion. The bow of the boat was tilted quite far down when it came out of the water, so yes much is due to the angle. But we also measure our draft assuming we are fully load which puts us lower in the water.

But honestly, if you had any idea how cautious Jeff is about his navigation, you would follow him anywhere ;-)


Jeff said...

I should have mentioned that too. Our bow has about a 4.5 foot draft. The keel goes down from there to 6' at the stern. In order to get us out of the water, they needed to tilt our bow down to get a couple more inches in the stern (I notice the tilt but you might not). We were at the limit of depth they could lift with the travellift and they needed the space.

Sean said...

Thanks for the clarification. Our keel is not nearly as raked.