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I know it’s been a while. I apologize. We have had a LOT going on the last month, and I haven’t been in the mood to write, or really do much of anything. But I have a minute and we are slightly settled down, so it’s time to update on the changes.
We left Intrepid for the summer. The flies got to us. I spent a lot of time feeling depressed and defeated that we couldn’t deal with them, but once the air conditioner went out because it was so clogged with flies… That was my last straw. We will re-evaluate at the end of the summer when the flies are not so bad, and go from there.
So where are we living now?
In this, “Mr. Nomad”.
A 1975 20′ camp trailer that we got for $2000. Since he’s older than Tyson, he’s got some issues, but overall, for the price, we are content. We are currently parked in the driveway of Tyson’s step-moms.
Me being who I am, my main priority was fixing up the interior to make it more comfortable and pretty and bring it out of the 70s. This meant new paint, which was a 3 day project for me and my kids while Tyson was on a business trip, contact paper on the counters to make them look new, peel and stick back splash “tile”, and new flooring. There is still a bit to do, including some touch ups on the paint, and the ceiling needs to be fixed/replaced, but I am much more comfortable here now that it’s nice and new and clean.
Tyson being who he is, his priority was the systems. We set it up to be able to go off grid, so that we can, in theory, park anywhere that we have service (since we work though our phone internet), and we will be good. New bank of batteries, and 4 solar panels. We also have a window fan to try to combat the heat, though at the moment, it’s drawing more power than we are getting from the panels. We don’t know if this is because we have the panels set up in series rather than parallel, but we might adjust it to see if we can get more out of it. But we are self sustaining, if we are careful with our power, and water.
What are our plans for the future?
Honestly… we don’t know. We may go back to Intrepid in a month or so, and continue with our original plan of looking for a big boat on the coast (we’re actually looking at a boat in the Pacific Northwest next weekend). We may buy a plot of land and park the trailer on it, and build a tiny house on it, and then Airbnb the trailer out, and eventually the tiny house as well when we retire to a boat in 10 years, rather than next year. Or we may buy an RV and travel North America. Or maybe just find a cheap small house and stay here.
Moving from the boat to the trailer has really made us reconsider all our options. I still want to move back to Intrepid, Tyson is a bit more apprehensive, but we are open to seeing what will be best for us.
There you have it. Where we have been, and where we are going (sort of). Hopefully the next update won’t be so far out.
Until then, we’ll keep breezing by.
After taking my kids home, we had plans to take some friends out for a sail. They had been with us once before, but it was December and freezing, so we were hoping to be able to give them a better experience.
It all seemed to be going well, with the exception of our dogs’ Astro turf falling off the bow (we got it back), and we were in high spirits with good food and wind.
Then I looked down. And saw an inch of water in the bottom of the cabin (this is in addition to the 6 inch deep bilge). Fortunately we had gotten the bilge pump fully installed not long before.
I hopped down and flipped the switch to empty it out. So glad we sprung for a more powerful pump that could keep up. Once it went down enough to see what was going on, we found that our through hull valve had failed and was gushing lake water into our bilge. Tyson handed the helm to our friend, and we worked together to shove a rag into the hole to stop the gush.
We continued on to our anchor point at Eardley Spit, and took a swim. Tyson also shoved a rag up in the hole from the underside of the boat for extra security.
The sail back after dark was extremely peaceful and solid sailing, but we were on high alert listening and watching for more water. We made it fine, but the next day was dedicated to patching the hole, rather than relaxing as we had hoped. (Check out the video for details on that) But she’s afloat and hopefully we won’t have to worry about it for a while.
I don’t think our friends will ever come sailing with us again.