Our new life on… Land?
In 24 days the crane operator will be lifting Katana out of the water and depositing her somewhere on land (we’re not exactly sure where, and I don’t think they are either). For the winter months we will be renting an apartment in our friend’s house and we received the key from her last night for that. At least we won’t be living on the street!
We still have a lot to figure out and do before the 23rd rolls around (haul-out day). We still even haven’t come to terms with the shrink wrapping issue. Most of the companies in our area don’t even want to tackle the job due to Katana’s size. I guess there are some advantages to living in a larger city like Toronto (where Katana was prior to this).
Although we are not really looking forward to leaving our boat for the winter, we will have some land-based conveniences back. No more lugging big loads of dirty clothes to the laundromat (our friend has laundry facilities in her house). “Hollywood” showers and unlimited electricity will also be nice. We’re pretty conservative in both of these areas now though so I doubt we’ll change our ways all that much.
Off to the Laundromat. Notice I am back taking pictures while Rebecca has to carry the big bag!
Being somewhat transient now, we will be really transient once we depart. This brings up the issue of how to get our mail. We have been looking at commercial options for PO Boxes and mail forwarding services. There are even ones which specialize in dealing with cruisers! We think at this point though the most frugal, and flexible option is to have a relative look after this for us. My sister in Ottawa has kindly agreed to help us out with this. Thanks Edna!