October 1, 2011 (Saturday) we left the dock and anchored out in the water for the first time. The day was great. Curtis finished some wiring with Matt and started prepping the anchors, while Callie and I loaded the 2 carts full of our belongings and started to prep the boat for departure. Getting rid of the fridge was not very easy but had to be done. But now it opened up a ton of space. We left the dock a bit too late and missed the tide that Curtis wanted, so when we left we just motored up and down the Broad Creek while we waited for the slack tide to end. We got a nice couples sunset cruse while we waited for the waters to change. Finally we went to anchor for our first time. No any easy feat when it’s your first time. Thankfully Trader Luke was out and jumped in his row boat and helped us with where to put the anchors and how to set them. Never knew, but found out from Curtis, when you put your anchor down you can’t just drop it all. You need to slowly let down the anchor, which is attached to chain, and then the rope. For those of you reading that don’t know what any of this jargon is, I won’t bore you with the scope and rode and stuff, but I learned about them over the last few weeks and how they all interact and what they do and why they are so important, but it all came into play in that 30min that we set our anchors that felt like 2 hours.
Finally, anchors are down, and we finally could rest. Everything that we had worked towards was now finally done. Done to the point that we are now self sufficient, no power running to the boat no water nothing. Matt and Callie hung around, we all grilled some dogs and spent the next few hours hanging out. I love it! Besides staying restless all night and checking the anchors every fifteen minutes, lets just say it was a sleep less night for the Gorlich’s. Yes, our second anchor did not hold, due to the anchor marker we had put on it was cut too short and would keep the anchor from setting at high tide. So at midnight we were up so worried out close we were to Luke’s boat. (Luke is the one with the ice cream stand). We got thought night night, I was nearly able to keep my eyes open but we reset the anchor at 9am and since then, knock on wood, we have been good.
I love it out here. What could be better than having your home, floating in the middle of a harbour, with no one next door, no one to bother you (not that we were ever bothered) but to just feel like you are the only ones for miles.
Right now, Monday, 11:15pm, this is the moment that I love. This is what everything worth it. Sipping a drink under the warm glow of our troller lantern making everything this amazing warm glow. Some East Coat Dirt in the back ground and a boat getting more and more like home every day. Curtis is playing his guitar and as much loving this moment as I am.
Tomorrow we need to pick up our sail cover and send out battery charger back (it was having problems) so our concern was batteries cause now we can’t charge them. But, we did get led lights so we are fine or should be fine for now. But a nice productive day working on some Morning Sock and more progression on the boat will be great. Well off to enjoy the rest of the evening.