High hopes for hurricane season

All work on the boat was stopped for the last 6 weeks owing to me nearly cutting off my thumb with the table saw. It’s nearly better now, and work is resuming.

The delay got us well into better weather so we’re turning our attention back to the topside. There’s hardware to re-bed, teak to repair, and more sanding, priming, and painting. The mizzen mast has to be painted, repaired, and installed (hopefully with new WiFi and VHF antenna).

And if all that goes well, the 40hp Perkins Diesel needs more than a little love to get it going. As far as we know, it hasn’t run in at least 6 years. Also, there’s the small detail of needing a propeller.

The timeline to have all the above done (and many other smaller projects) is June 1st, which is the start of hurricane season. After two hurricanes barely missed us and another weaker hurricane caused a lot of (undue) stress aboard the Shanti last year, we have no interest in pressing our luck.

We’re going to try and motor over to Mobile Bay and then up the Tombigbee River to the Tennessee River towards Chattanooga, TN, where we plan to hide out and continue working on the boat through the end of hurricane season. It’s a beautiful area, and we have family up there to visit.

There’s a lot to do, and we intend to be very busy, so that means lots of pictures and lots of updates. Eventually.

By | 2018-03-22T21:13:47+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Boat Life|2 Comments

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Jack is the kind of guy who can figure anything out. That’s one of the reasons Autumn married him; she likes his rugged individuality and determined self-sufficiency. He’s a business owner, a musician, and a helluva family man. He rarely loses his cool, and he’s quick with a joke when situations are tense. He’s got a philosophical streak that makes him a fine conversationalist, and he has mastered the art of the seasoned French fry. He’s thoughtful and considerate, and he devotes a lot of his energy to encouraging his family and making sure everyone is happy. The closer his life gets to a Tom Waits song, the more content he is. If you need a hug at the end of a hard day, Jack’s your best bet aboard the Sea Shanti.


  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor March 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Yikes about your finger! Makes sense to move someplace else for h-season and not have to deal with the stress of wondering if one is heading your way.

    • Autumn March 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Amen! He got SUPER LUCKY with the whole not losing his fingers thing! And we’ve already done one hurricane season. No thank you.

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