The Geraldine!

May 24th, 2008 by Kip "Galley Master" Jones

We made it to the Geraldine at about 1:00 am Thursday night, came aboard and slept like babies!!! We took her out yesterday and didn’t crash the dock into pieces, but instead Walt did a great job bringing us in.  We are busy provisioning, stowing, and figuring out how she will work for us.  So far we are really pleased with the work that’s been done and just using her though there is still lots to learn.  Skip Boselli will join us Tuesday and we will go out until Thursday to check her out.  Olive, the dingy, shows up some time today as she is also finished.  The dingy is a clam shell design; 11′ overall and she hinges and folds in half and is stored that way.  We had her built for us to save space and the pictures we have seen look so great.  We think we are getting what we asked for.

We are on wireless internet the marina supplies and it’s fun because we both brought our lap tops and any questions or need for directions can be done on line without yellow pages; it’s a new world! Food prices are so much cheaper in Maine we are stunned.  Gas is about the same which was also surprising.

One system we are excited about on the boat is an emergency motor or get home motor.  It runs off the generator and uses less than half the diesel of the main engine.  It goes at 5.5 knots instead of 10 but the fuel savings may just slow us down!  The cost up in the NW Passage can be well over $10 a gallon, so we are talking a REAL savings.  The microwave we had installed is perfect and the new mattresses are very comfy.  I’m really pleased with how much I can fit in the galley so far and that was a concern I had.

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