In many ways, cruising on Mosey On is liberating, spontaneous, and an awful lot of fun…but it also makes it harder to do those ‘side trips’ that are always lurking out there on the calendar. When you commit to them, waaayyy out there on the calendar, they don’t seem like much…but the devil (in the logistical details) exacts his unavoidable toll. I committed to help out at my 50th High School Class Reunion to be held in Denver the beginning of August. I did so last fall when I had no idea where Mosey On might be, or what else might come up. I figured we’d just stay loose and work-around the dates much as we approach cruising, generally. Then in early Summer we learned that there was a narrow window of opportunity to have three of our older grandchildren join the crew here on the Chesapeake in August for a short cruise. This to begin a few days after our return from Denver and moving back aboard Mosey On after her stint in the Boatyard (see ‘Nicks & Drips’). But that was ‘way off’ in August. We’d make it work. I should note here that the Admiral loves jigsaw puzzles…actually thrives on them….So you might not be surprised that she saw an excellent opening to fly out-west to check-in with family and friends as soon as the grand kids disembarked. (No one could argue with her timing getting off the Chesapeake in August!)
Since I’m not generally given to travelogues, what’s this about? When Mosey On is tied-up in her home port in North Carolina and one of life’s side trips comes along, it’s little different than leaving your house: We ensure she’s secured to the dock, everything’s turned-off (except the bilge pump), give the Dock Master (neighbor) the key and ask him to keep an eye on things. Then off we go.
But off cruising, far from her home port, leaving Mosey On for a ‘side trip’ of more than just a few hours can add layers of complexity. Where do we have to go to find a dock that has access to some sort of transportation (like a car rental)? Are these docks relatively protected and secure in the event of truly foul weather? Will someone check our dock lines in such an event? Do we empty the frig & freezer and turn everything off or do we gamble that the power provided is stable, reliable, and can keep Mosey’s batteries charged? Finally, does anyone pay attention to strangers who might be overly curious? Of course the number of right answers to these questions is closely related to what you will pay…on the order of rack rate at a Marriott Courtyard every night you’re away. The idea of leaving her unattended on her anchor or a rented mooring ball exceeds our risk tolerance on too many counts.
There is a way to circumvent some of this, however. We were able to leave Mosey On in the excellent care of the boatyard where we had scheduled the work on her to coincide with our Denver trip. They kept the power on and transferred the perishables from the old frig and freezer as the new ones were installed. As a general rule, boatyards don’t charge dockage while your boat is being worked-on. It’s not a ‘free’ stay, but it eases the pain of the cost of being away. But we’ve already played that card this summer. Long time readers of this blog may remember that we took a ‘vacation’ from our cruise two years ago to go bareboat chartering in the Virgin Islands [hull bottom painted]. Looking at Colleen’s anticipated two-week trip out West, the best choice was for me to stay with Mosey on a Chesapeake backwater of my choosing. On the hook (anchor) with a healthy generator for electrical power, I am quite comfortable taking the time to do the maintenance I can and should do myself…and catch-up on my correspondence.
Sittin’, Waitin’…..to Mosey On