Over the past three winters, John has spent many hours on the Amoeba lovingly ( and expensively) restoring her. She is now 32 years old, and in many areas was beginning to show signs of wear and tear. The electrical system, for example, was completely renewed - a project that took John several months to complete, the motor was overhauled and many parts replaced. The original teak deck was stripped; each piece cleaned and replaced - a painstaking job that took hours and hours to finish. When the decision to sail to the Caribbean for the winter months was made, most of the major projects had already been completed. It would take a few weeks of long busy days to have her ready to set sail for a warmer climate.
The weather was getting colder and there were many indications that winter was not far away. The last sail was taken on the morning of October 18th, it was a bus tour and after the passengers had boarded their bus, the Captain & crew were quite jubilant that the season was over and the adventure was about to begin.
By the end of the day, all the seating, and lifejackets had been removed leaving the deck empty and very spacious.
Over the next few weeks if you ventured down to the end of the wharf, you would see bags and boxes of stuff either being removed from the boat or taken on to the boat. Every cupboard and available storage area was cleared of items that would not be taken on the trip, and replaced with items that would be more useful. Long long lists were written of tasks that need to be completed. Here is an example of one of those lists.
John cleared out the forward storage area, checking and rechecking the tools, spare parts for mechanical items, electrical items, spare parts for pumps and the motor. The paint and the many other products he would be using for the haul-out in St Lucia were stored under the floor in the hallway.
Shopping lists were made, the galley needed to be filled with canned goods, dry goods, spices, baking items, hot and cold beverages, snacks, cat food and kitty litter, cleaning materials, pots and pans, and dishes. Basically the galley was filled with almost every item that you would find in a well-stocked kitchen.
The shelves were filled with books – I believe one can never have too many books, and there would be many hours that would be spent immersed in a good book.. Fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, journals, trivia books, games, cd's, and office supplies. The two heads,(bathrooms) were stocked with towels, beach towels, toilet paper and a multitude of toiletry items - enough to last for six months. All the bedding was changed using waterproof mattress pads and warm comforters for the voyage down, to be replaced later with lighter sheets and blankets for the warm nights in the Caribbean. Two blow-up mattresses were stored away for later use when the girls arrived; the younger crew would sleep on deck under a billion twinkling stars.
I was reminded once again just how spacious the Amoeba is. She was filled almost to capacity, yet there was a place for everything. Even Christmas decorations were tucked away in a closet. Even with six people and all their belongings, every item had its “place” and the boat was still tidy and not in the least bit cluttered.
Posted by Amoeba Sailing Tours on Wed, December 15, 2010 at 03:51 PM