With Rode Trip out of the water it is time for one last by the numbers post. Here is the rundown for the entire time we were living aboard Rode Trip.
||days on Rode Trip
||single day trips
||days underway as part of overnight passage
|| days average length of passage
||# visiting people aboard
||# visiting dogs aboard
||passages over 200 miles
||miles under sail
||shortest distance sail
||longest distance sail
||overall average speed
||highest average speed for a passage
||number of days traveled on ICW
||number of days traveled on ocean
| $ 16,739.00
||spent on Rode Trip maintenance, marinas, and gear
| $ 11,007.00
||spent on groceries, paper towels, and cleaning products
| $ 1,441.00
||on utilities and data plans
| $ 6,108.00
||on entertainment/eating out
| $ 1,120.00
We christened our Westsail 32 ‘Rode Trip’ on 23 June 2012 and among family and friends stepped aboard our new home. Our dream had become a reality. We set sail for anywhere, everywhere, somewhere…we’d figure it out!
It has been 812 days since we shared champagne with Neptune and started our new lifestyle at sea. The day Rode Trip was hauled from the water marked the end of an era for us.
Thanks, a BIG THANKS, to our parents, to Grandma G., and to Aunt Margaret and Uncle Barry for helping us to move off of Rode Trip. Many hands made light work and the use of vehicles was much appreciated to move our personal belongings from Deltaville, VA back to our storage corner of Grandma’s basement in Honesdale, PA. Throughout the transition, our family made sure we had plenty to eat and comfortable places to sleep.
Rode Trip underwent a mini-makeover at the yard. She’s looking so good I might buy her myself (I’m sure Brian and Bruce can handle the new boat). Rode Trip is ready for a new captain and more adventures!
The sun was smiling down on the Chesapeake, and there was a hint of a breeze at the docks where we met Aunt Margaret and Uncle Barry. The morning had sailing potential! Aunt Margaret had called us while we drinking our morning coffee to invite us to join them aboard Irish Magic, their Catalina 350. Irish Magic was ship-shape when we arrived and ready to set sail!
Margaret and Barry have a wonderful system at their slip. Irish Magic has permanent dock lines; when ready to leave they cast off the lines and when they return the lines are ready to pick-up. We released the dock lines and Barry expertly backed out of the slip and turned into the channel. We motored out into the Rappahannock River.
There were many boats enjoying the day. A “fishing fleet” was anchored; all pleasure boats fishing in the day’s most popular spot. Just outside of the channel, Barry raised the sails. He demonstrated the simplicity of roller furling by first raising the roller furled main and then raising the roller furled genoa. He never left the cockpit and the sails were raised with ease. Wow! Now that is something we could get used to!
Margaret took the wheel as we sailed smoothly up the Rappahannock River. With 15 knots of steady wind, we sailed upwind upriver and then downwind down river.
It was a magical day!