As stated in my last post we brought Lady J home Easter weekend and proceeded to clean her out and fix her up. We spent a couple of days simply cleaning out the previous owners stuff and then scrubbing everything down and getting rid of the mold. (Probably one of my least favorite jobs on a boat.) We did though enjoy a couple beautiful sunsets during those days. Another thing that was so much better than the last time we re-habbed a boat was that we live only a mile from the boat, not 3 hours like we did before.
|Gorgeous sunsets at the marina|
|Happy Boaters to finally be on our own boat.|
|Miss Millie getting the hang of being a boat pup.|
|Victoria and I, my first friend that I made while living here in New Bern.|
|Mike and Paul guiding us through the inner harbor.|
|Me, Mike, Victoria and Paul.|
Commissioning Day/Blessing of the Fleet was so much fun. Last year we participated but were on the Stateham's boat, not our own. What happens during this event is we all (35 boats) gathered in the Neuse River and then proceeded to parade back through the inner harbor to Shoreline Marina, where they had clergy blessing the fleet. A little Pomp and Circumstance for the day. Afterwards they had a small ceremony swearing in the new officers, remembering members that had died in the past year and to celebrate the starting of the boating season for 2018.
|Some of the past Commodores|
|A view from our boat, yes the ceremony took place out our little marina so we had front row seats.|
|The ceremonial laying of the wreath, remembering those that have passed .|
|Blessing of the boats|
|Some of the boats hanging out in the inner harbor before heading back to their docks.|
Us enjoying yet another beautiful sunset
This past weekend we participated in our first Yacht Club Cruise for 2018. They called it the Shakedown Cruise. We only cruise up to Bridgeton, about 8 nautical miles away and spend the weekend. This works out great because it helps you figure out what you might have left off the boat or what might be fixed. Since our boat was so new to us we decided to leave my truck up there in case we needed to head out to get something. Glad we did since we came back twice. Well at least we know now the boat is pretty well stocked.
Millie did a great job cruising over to Bridgeton. She wasn't sure about the life jacket, in fact it made her calmer and not walk around so much. But most importantly it kept her safe.
After arriving at the Bridgeton Marina Millie decided a long well deserved nap was in order.
Sunsets and sunrises at Bridgeton. This is what I missed about not cruising. So happy to be back at it once again.
A little peek inside Lady J
|Beautiful morning shot of the boats at the marina.|
|Mike decided he wanted to turn the boat around, thank heavens for helping hands.|
|Morning Fog rolling in.|
Each night the club had a "splash" (drinks and snacks) which this particular evening the Splash part was true, the wind had picked up and was bringing the waves right over the dock.
During the day on this particular weekend, Mike worked on the mechanics of the boat and I continued to work on making the inside like home. Below I spent part of the day working on a piece that would we will hang in the stateroom.
Miss Millie certainly has gotten used to just hanging out.
Mornings on the boat are my favorite.
Our Commodore John Jax took this photo as we were leaving Sunday morning.
Downtown New Bern, just a beautiful site from the water.
Our dear friend Lynn Stateham took this photo of Lady J as we were returning home I have since made this our photo on our boat cards. It was a GREAT weekend. Can hardly wait to see what will be next.