David & Barbara are planning to cast off for another adventure on Memory Maker too…during the summer 2012. They are going to cruise along some of the Great Loop route with plans to travel into Canada and tour the historic Canadian canal system. Most of these canals were built in the early 1800’s and provided the first waterway routes from the Atlantic Ocean into the Great Lakes. They will then cross Lake Erie back to New York and follow the Erie Canal to the Hudson River and then work their way south back to Jacksonville.
The boat has been moved off the dock and into the ‘barn’, as Dave calls it, in preparation for our journey. MemoryMaker too… has been cleaned and polished. Everything, all the dishes, bedding, charts…everything, has been taken out of the cabin. There’s not lots of space – so they are reorganizing in preparation for being on it for several months. Some of the canvas zippers connecting the bimini had to be replaced. The eisenglass got polished.
Dave’s been busy installing a new GPS. We were sure we wanted a new Garmin, but after going to the Miami boat show and talking with the Simrad folks and looking at their new products, we ended up buying a Simrad NSS7 GPS. It’s great. It offers touch screen navigation but also has buttons so that if you’re out bouncing around you can still use the old fashion buttons to make selections. Dave is also running the wires from the helm station to the cabin so that the water can be turned on/off in the cabin. The engine oils have been changed and we’re getting ready.
So keep checking back. The preparations are almost done for Dave & Barbara so that they can cruise aboard MemoryMaker too… during summer 2012 to explore the Canadian canals and enjoy the water.