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The Life Aquatic

Now that we are in the water and officially living aboard many of you want to know what is actually like.  Well, it's great!  Mostly.  Up until last night Cygnet was not in her regular slip since they've been rebuilding the docks.  Before that we were on the river side of the marina wall.  It wasn't as calm as it will be in the marina and that is the number one complaint we've had.  There was a lot of traffic on the river last weekend and many of the other boats are not as respectful as we are when passing moored vessels.  "No wake" zones are not really enforced so many people don't slow and that rocks our boat. There is barge traffic at night and a steady stream of tour boats during the day.  Cygnet has shown to be very stable despite all the attempts at pushing her around.  We've gotten used to the movement but it's never fun when you are trying to shower, or make breakfast, or use the toilet!  Last night was much more calm inside the break wall…

What a Trip

It's been five days and four nights and we are so far enjoying it.  Our trip to River City was a challenging and exciting one! On Saturday morning Kevin's mother Beverly and her boyfriend Don joined us at the boatyard to bring Cygnet home.  We had decent weather, mostly cloudy and cool but calm.  We were thankful it wasn't a horrid windy and stormy day.  With a few things we needed to get through the coming week and the four of us on board we started her up and prepared to set off.  Kevin has never piloted a twin engine boat before and was a bit nervous.  He's a good driver and knows how to handle a smaller vessel, but this was much larger than anything he's had on the water.  He's a quick study and watched the previous owner when we went on the sea trial and talked to some experienced captains about handling a big twin like this.  Plus Don was there, a seasoned fisherman who has owned many boats (Including Two Wrights) and fished from many more.

Colette and Cyg…

Well, we did it.

She's in the water and she's ours.  After a seemingly endless spring the weather has broken (kinda) and we got the one we were looking for.  Cygnet as she's named was put in the water on the morning of May 15 for the Sea Trial.  The old owner was there with a pal of his to get her prepped for us.  The Marina got her on the crane and into the water while we checked her over.

The big Crane lifts the Swan

Slowly into the water

The Sea Trial didn't last too long, under two hours.  We checked all the systems throughout, including the plumbing and electrical.  All seemed to work well.  Once in the water the previous owner started the engines and generator, and with just a little hiccup all ran well.  We did find a slightly low idle on the Port (left) engine, but nothing to be concerned about.  Kevin is very familiar with working on marine engines and should have it in tip-top shape soon!  The cold and rainy May day made it impossible to check the function of the air condition…

What's the row about a boat?

Taking inspiration from our good friends Matt and Val we figured it was about time to explain why we are committing to an aquatic lifestyle.  Essentially, Water We Thinking?  Many friends and family have asked the same question and it is something that is difficult to answer in a few sentences.  So, if you've wondered why we have this crazy idea please read on.

'71 Sea Ray SRV 220 Cuddy Cabin

For those of you familiar with the boat in the picture above, you know we love the boating life.  Kevin has struggled to keep Two Wrights running the last few years and in the summer of 2013 we started looking for a replacement.  We were still a couple years away from making the commitment to a larger vessel, and since Kevin finally got Two Wright running pretty well at the end of the summer we were happy to do another year or two.  We also considered putting Two Wrights in the barn for a couple years and saving the money we normally spend on the slip, gas, and repairs and put that toward …

Downsizing on a Large scale

We'd be willing to bet a lot of you have thought about downsizing.  Some of you however might dream of up-sizing. Whether you want room to sew, work on motorcycles, garden, or just spread out, it's always nice to fantasize about bigger and better.  After living in apartments for what seemed like a very long time we were thrilled to finally buy our house and have the positives that come with it, including s p a c e.  While a reader outside a major city may think that a "postage stamp" lot of 125 feet by 25 feet sounds tiny, in the City of Chicago it's the standard.  We made use of the 1,756 square feet (not including the basement) and two car garage that our house offered as best we could.  When we moved in we inherited a collection of furniture that the previous owner left for us.  None of it was nice, but it was what we needed after our previous purge when we moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles.  At that time we kept only what fit in our beloved Saab 9-5 wag…