Getting ready

Today I established a blog for when Hank and I depart on the Great Loop cruising adventure.  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be.   So the first step is complete.

Boats are female.  I have often wondered why that is so….??   Is it because sailors of long ago wanted to be reminded or their mothers, wives, mistresses, daughters,??  Or is it because boats can be testy machines creating much frustration and therefore, just have to be female in the Captain’s eyes?  Provided that the Captain is of the male species!

Our boat is named Salt Lick.  This name is neither male nor female, but Salt Lick is still referred to as a “she”.  I did not choose this name, although Morton, the dinghy, is my choice and that dinghy is “male”!!

We are in the prepping stage of “getting ready” to go.  For those of you who are not familiar with boats, this means that Salt Lick is presently being buffed and puffed and checked and all systems reviewed, and new equipment, such as a wi-fi and cell boosters, is being installed.  Once “she” departs the big time boat yard and spa, we will spend several days stocking and provisioning food, drink, clothing and navigational items required.  This will take about a week.  THEN we will let the lines loose from the dock, wave good bye to Hilton Head Island, cruise a short way down Broad Creek, connect with the Intracoastal Waterway , and set our course  heading North.

This adventure will take approximately one year  to complete, cruising around 6,000 miles.  We invite you to come along with us via our blog – “loopinglines.com”.