Monday, October 18, 2010

Hot summer at Goose Pond Marina

It was a very hot summer at Goose Pond Marina on the Tennessee River.  We spent most of the summer getting SEASEA ready to travel back down river in the fall and working on other boats in the marina.  I stripped and refinished the interior teak on the aft deck and replaced the rear plexiglass windows, painted the engine and generator rooms, repaired the icemaker door, replaced the autopilot, replaced the GPS receiver, cleaned carpets, re-made the dinghy cover, cleaned and polished the dinghy hull and polished the boat.


On other boats I replaced all fuel lines, replaced raw water pumps, rebuilt carburetors (teaching opportunity for the boys), replaced fuel pumps, repaired fiberglass, repaired a windlass and repaired wiring.

We had sunset cruises on board and had dinners at Ray & Patsy Whitney's house (AGLCA Harbor Hosts for Goose Pond Marina).

Stacy's cousin Richard Copelan and his wife Lynn and son Michael visited from Birmingham and we had a great visit with them.  

We said our goodbye's to our friends and left Goose Pond on the 14th and headed to Joe Wheeler State Park for the Great Loop Cruisers rendezvous.  We have already met old friends and made new ones and the rendezvous hasn't even started.  We will be very busy in the next few days as we will once again be assisting the marina with coordinating the parking of all the arriving boats.

We are planning to see our friends on Omega again once we get down to the Keys and it is always a possibility to see Ray and Patsy just about anywhere.

Our plan is to leave here a day or so after the rendezvous and make our way back down the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway to the gulf coast and eventuallyback to the Keys and the east coast.