Cruising Great Northern, Our DeFever 53, Throughout the Northwest
For Us… It Usually Begins With A Morning Inspiration
So we “raised anchor” as it were. Something that dyed in the wool cruisers are wont to do. That consisted of a bundled plethora of linked events leading to moving our “house” and home elsewhere:
- detach and stow the dock steps
- place the temporary ladder in place
- rotate the AC power switch from shore power 1 station to the inverter position
- remove and stow all shore power cables
- start gen 2, warm up and switch all power to gen 2
- remove unnecessary dock lines
- test bow and stern thruster
- start main engines, warm up and test in forward and reverse
- turn on all electronic navigation equipment and both VHF radios, one to 16 (hailing / distress) and one to t0 (bridge to bridge)
- remove final dock lines. Hold GN to dock if needed with thrusters
- use thrusters to move away from the dock
- engage both engines and motate
- stow what needs to be stowed
- PHEW HOWDY!
Seems complicated, eh? Then again... we are moving our home somewhere else. Somewhere up / down / around the Salish Sea... to our new "home". Remembering all the time that: Home is where Great Northern is. Try that with your own home... it would take 3 weeks just to find house jacks... and the permits... SHEESH!
And... someone proceeded us out of Ludlow Bay: A motorboat with a wind powered stabilization system. What fun! And... all the time Mount Baker watches our efforts. She's seen it all and will soon shift her gaze to a place where more important things happen.