Just a quick reminder for those of you with inflatable life vests — it is time to do your yearly maintenance!!Continue reading “Happy New Year – Important Reminder”
The holiday season is no time to slack off. Sure, we’ve got work, holiday shopping, family obligations, and holiday parties. But, the crew of Wild Rumpus has less than five months to an epic Atlantic crossing and we have stuff to learn!Continue reading “Holidays/Schmolidays, We’ve Got Stuff to Learn!”
And the balms. And the bandages. And the allergy pills. And the antidiarrheals. And the splints.
Let’s talk about first aid kits. That’s right, you heard me –kits.
There are boat shows and then there is the Annapolis Sailboat Show. For the uninitiated, the prior sentence is like saying “there is a little league baseball diamond and then there is Fenway Park.” Although we already have a boat, our passage crew had never stepped foot on an Xquisite X5, and we still had some big-ticket items to buy for the passage.Continue reading “Annapolis Boat Show”
As shown in the fantastic documentary titled “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” travel plans can occasionally kick you in your bathing suit parts. When they do, you need to catch your breath, adjust your boxers, and figure out the new plan.Continue reading ““Six Bucks and My Right Nut Says We Ain’t Landing In Chicago””
Our passage timing got a kick in the privates by COVID. Not too bad, but delivery of Wild Rumpus is now scheduled for May 1, 2022.
The two month delay is caused by some supply chain issues. Hopefully, we won’t have any more delays. I am in the process of consulting the pilot charts, historical weather patterns, and obtaining local knowledge from sailors about starting this adventure in May. My initial impression is that the passage remains a go with some possible slight modifications on the shakedown cruise. More updated to follow as I learn more.
Years ago Teresa and I decided to buy a boat. At that time, preparation for picking up the boat, such as making flight arrangements, buying gear, achieving all training goals, seemed like distant activities easily fit into a wide-open calendar. Then time kept marching on . . . . Then COVID . . . .
And now the delivery (fingers crossed) is just 6 months away. The speed with which our “abundance of time” has compressed into “holy crap, we don’t have very much time” is sobering. Suddenly, the need to decide where to buy stuff, what stuff to buy, and getting the stuff to the boat is a hair-on-fire rush.
And the “madness takes its toll.” (Nah, not really, this is just a throwback to the Rocky Horror for you Rocky Horror nerds like me [I’m looking right at you Elaine!!])Continue reading “Time Is Fleeting”
Boy, do I crack myself up. This is not a full blog post, just a quick post to show some pictures of the Wild Rumpus build status.Continue reading “That Time of the Month!”
(Warning- only old codgers and devotees of 80s movies once thought sweet, but now seen as casually racist and misogynist will get that the title is a movie reference at all. No racism or misogyny intended– just some old man nostalgia here.)
Lots of good stuff has been happening- sailing, vacations, boat updates, equipment purchases. . . . So buckle up buttercups and hold on, because this is going to be one bumpy ride.Continue reading “What’s Happening Hot Stuff?”
It’s alive!!!! While Dr. Frankenstein was elated to see signs of life from the pieces of dead bodies he sewed together, we just want to stay alive — preferably without any sewing of body parts.
Rapid assistance for life’s oopsies and whoopsies is something most of us take for granted. Dialing 911 is always one of the first steps in an emergency situation, even in more advanced first aid classes. That is because emergency services are never more than about 30 minutes away in most places and rarely more than 24 hours away even in backpacking areas. But, Wild Rumpus will, at times, be a week away from any reliable organized assistance. So, at least three of our six crew needs better than average first aid skills, and one helluva first aid kit!Continue reading “Passage Prep- First Aid”