Today was an exciting day for Matt and I as it was going to be our first overnight on the boat. Â This was something I did not enjoy on the Hunter, and my heart would sink a little every time Matt suggested a ‘weekend on the boat’ as I always felt cramped and claustrophobic in the cabin. Â The Sabre however is a completely different story. Â I could not wait to plant my butt on her for a long weekend. Â I had the day off of work and Matt was going to be home at 1:00, so it was my job to have everything packed up by the time he got home. Â This included 4 days worth of food, clothes, bedding, pillows, cleaning supplies, life jackets, the dog, dog food, dog bedding….and the list goes on. Â I had also run to Meijer and Bed Bath & Beyond looking for a specific style of Corelle dishes Matt wanted on the boat. Â Needless to say, when he pulled in the driveway I was still stuffing things in bags and throwing them by the door.
Luckily we had everything loaded into both cars within 30 minutes, although we were still left without dishes. Â Matt was able to find the set he wanted at Walmart and we decided to stop along the way to pick them up. Â Or I should say that he sat in the car while I ran in since he can’t deal with the chaos that is Walmart, and I usually try to avoid it at most costs myself. Â With new dishes, and stainless steel silverware!!, in tow we made it to the boat with plenty daylight left to get projects done. Â Matt’s mom and step-dad were going to stop by around 6:00 to see the boat for the first time, and we wanted it to look as pristine as possible. Â Lots of scrubbing, wiping, and polishing later she was looking in pretty good shape. Â When Crystal and Jack arrived there Serendipity was ready for the grand 60 second tour: ‘Ok, come down the stairs, here we have the galley, salon, and navigation station. Â If you look behind this door we have the head complete with a sink and toilet paper dispenser. Â Behind this door is the aft cabin with a queen size bed and hanging lockers. Â And if you follow us to the front here you’ll see the luxurious v-berth master suite fitted with it’s own vanity.’ Â Just joking though, she’s more than enough space for us and we’re completely in love with her. Â Plus we got lots of oooooohs and ahhhhhhs from Chris and Jack, plus ‘Wow, it’s a lot bigger than it looks on the outside’.
So she passed parental approval, and left to ourselves again we got back to yet more chores. Â The sails had not been put on yet and we figured they were a pretty important part of sailing us to Muskegon the next day. Â From what had been glass on the water was now turning choppy and we wanted to get them attached before the wind became any worse. Â The mainsail went on without a problem, but by the time we got to the headsail Â winds were picking up to 12-15 knots. Â Matt was handling the luff tape while it was my job to hold the part of the sail that hadn’t been attached yet from blowing away. Â It wasn’t too hard when most of the sail was on the deck, but the further it was hoisted up the more it wanted to blow in the wind. Â And since the only thing keeping it from blowing away was me I was practically laying on the foot of the sail trying not to get slingshotted overboard with it. Â In the end Matt was able to tie the lines to the clew before I could go for a swim Â and we had it furled and ready to use for the next day.
When the sun set we began our bedtime rituals, and never having done this in a marina before it was a little….different. Â Change into your jammies on the boat, then walk to the restrooms to brush your teeth and wash your face (we didn’t have water on the boat yet). Â Then you take the dog to the bathroom in a designated 10×12 ft spot right next to the children’s playground where she’d get stage fright and wouldn’t go. Â And then back to the boat to set up the bed. Â In the Hunter we had always used sleeping bags if sleeping in the v-berth, but this time we wanted to class it up and use real sheets. Â I had brought a fitted sheet and top sheet from home and began trying my best to make it work. Â And although getting a square sheet on a triangle cushion doesn’t sound too hard (better than the other way around I guess), working in a little space with even littler headroom turned even making the bed into an ordeal. Â But I powered through it and when I put the top sheet and pillows on I was quite proud of myself. Â Until I realized that night temperatures were still in the 50’s and I had not brought any kind of blanket to go on top of the sheet. Â Luckily Matt and I were so tired that with a thin sheet and a towel spread on top of us we were still able to get a decent three or four hours of sleep.