Due to paperwork details, we are now looking at Monday for taking possession of KJ. *sigh* I was all ready to spend the weekend sorting out galley details aboard, but I guess there are some things which can’t be helped.

Instead I think I will spend the time scanning multitudes of documents – PAPERLESS EXISTENCE AWAITS US! Have new laptop, will travel. Greg and I are optimistic about being able to be mostly digital and are practicing scanning all stray pieces of paper that are floating around. Ha! We’ll see how things go…

Faith in “The System” – Shattered

So how does a parent explain to a 12 y/o boy that adults can be trusted, that he is in competent hands, that the school system is safe and secure, when for the first two days of the week, the school bus blows by his stop at 35 mph with nary a glance at either him or his father standing on the curb? “No, really, Stewbie, the bus driver will get you home safely this afternoon…” Riiiiiight, says the kid. And balks at ever getting on a school bus again.

I suppose the part when I mentioned the Dumpster for Leftover Kids at the Bus Garage was ill-advised…? Even though I mentioned that the Good Moms go and sort through it to get their kids back?

First Day of School

Fifth Grade!

Seventh Grade – aka First Year of Middle School!

The New “Garage”

This is the container for all of our worldy goods which don’t necessarily belong onboard the boat (think: tuxedo, Christmas ornaments, power tools, etc…). The Captain has precisely designed an internal storage system, calculated to provide the maximum use of every inch of volume. I’ve never seen such detailed plans for mere shelving, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we will enjoy a level of supreme efficiency unknown to the average trailer owner.

The decision has been made to divide the storage space into thirds: 1/3 for Greg, 1/3 for me, and 1/3 to be shared by the kids. It didn’t take long for the little geniuses in the household to figure out that they would be much better off sub-letting their space to Greg and making a few bucks off of him. (Considering he has an entire garageful of “stuff” to administer, their point is an excellent one; I shall probably follow suit).

Photos of our girl

KJ is a 1952 long range trawler, originally designed to replicate Darwin’s cruise on HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands.

She’s been a charter boat to Alaska and has traveled all around the Northwest.
Her refit included new Lugger diesels, new AC/DC wiring and panels, new sanitation system, new plumbing, new Raytheon electronics package, new furnace, and remodeled galley.

She carries 3200 gallons of diesel and burns 8 gph at 9 kts. Areas of hull and topsides are sheathed in Ironbark for additional strength.