Today was an exciting day for Matt and I as it was going to be our first overnight on the boat. This was something I did not enjoy on the Hunter, and my heart would sink a little every time Matt suggested a ‘weekend on the boat’ as I always felt cramped and claustrophobic in the cabin. The Sabre however is a completely different story. I could not wait to plant my butt on her for a long weekend. I had the day off of work and Matt was going to be home at 1:00, so it was my job to have everything packed up by the time he got home. This included 4 days worth of food, clothes, bedding, pillows, cleaning supplies, life jackets, the dog, dog food, dog bedding….and the list goes on. I had also run to Meijer and Bed Bath & Beyond looking for a specific style of Corelle dishes Matt wanted on the boat. Needless to say, when he pulled in the driveway I was still stuffing things in bags and throwing them by the door.
Luckily we had everything loaded into both cars within 30 minutes, although we were still left without dishes. Matt was able to find the set he wanted at Walmart and we decided to stop along the way to pick them up. Or I should say that he sat in the car while I ran in since he can’t deal with the chaos that is Walmart, and I usually try to avoid it at most costs myself. With new dishes, and stainless steel silverware!!, in tow we made it to the boat with plenty daylight left to get projects done. Matt’s mom and step-dad were going to stop by around 6:00 to see the boat for the first time, and we wanted it to look as pristine as possible. Lots of scrubbing, wiping, and polishing later she was looking in pretty good shape. When Crystal and Jack arrived there Serendipity was ready for the grand 60 second tour: ‘Ok, come down the stairs, here we have the galley, salon, and navigation station. If you look behind this door we have the head complete with a sink and toilet paper dispenser. Behind this door is the aft cabin with a queen size bed and hanging lockers. And if you follow us to the front here you’ll see the luxurious v-berth master suite fitted with it’s own vanity.’ Just joking though, she’s more than enough space for us and we’re completely in love with her. Plus we got lots of oooooohs and ahhhhhhs from Chris and Jack, plus ‘Wow, it’s a lot bigger than it looks on the outside’.
So she passed parental approval, and left to ourselves again we got back to yet more chores. The sails had not been put on yet and we figured they were a pretty important part of sailing us to Muskegon the next day. From what had been glass on the water was now turning choppy and we wanted to get them attached before the wind became any worse. The mainsail went on without a problem, but by the time we got to the headsail winds were picking up to 12-15 knots. Matt was handling the luff tape while it was my job to hold the part of the sail that hadn’t been attached yet from blowing away. It wasn’t too hard when most of the sail was on the deck, but the further it was hoisted up the more it wanted to blow in the wind. And since the only thing keeping it from blowing away was me I was practically laying on the foot of the sail trying not to get slingshotted overboard with it. In the end Matt was able to tie the lines to the clew before I could go for a swim and we had it furled and ready to use for the next day.
When the sun set we began our bedtime rituals, and never having done this in a marina before it was a little….different. Change into your jammies on the boat, then walk to the restrooms to brush your teeth and wash your face (we didn’t have water on the boat yet). Then you take the dog to the bathroom in a designated 10×12 ft spot right next to the children’s playground where she’d get stage fright and wouldn’t go. And then back to the boat to set up the bed. In the Hunter we had always used sleeping bags if sleeping in the v-berth, but this time we wanted to class it up and use real sheets. I had brought a fitted sheet and top sheet from home and began trying my best to make it work. And although getting a square sheet on a triangle cushion doesn’t sound too hard (better than the other way around I guess), working in a little space with even littler headroom turned even making the bed into an ordeal. But I powered through it and when I put the top sheet and pillows on I was quite proud of myself. Until I realized that night temperatures were still in the 50′s and I had not brought any kind of blanket to go on top of the sheet. Luckily Matt and I were so tired that with a thin sheet and a towel spread on top of us we were still able to get a decent three or four hours of sleep.