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We're having a pretty good winter down here in the Keys, but we've been so focused on projects and chores that we haven't had much of a life.  Jim is on the "home stretch" of the big electrical upgrade project - the last big project that we have planned for the boat.  All eight of the 135 lb. batteries have been moved into their new boxes (we did it ourselves), and Jim has the second inverter/charger installed and working.  He's been replacing a lot of old, undersized wire in the engine room, as well as old terminal blocks that have gotten corroded over the years.  He's adding fuses and switches to make the entire 12v system safer and easier to use, and the overall impact will be to halve the time we need to charge the batteries when we're anchored. I have no idea how he learned so much about marine electrical systems, but he's a wizard!

I've been keeping busy with a lot of smaller to-do's - refinishing the swim ladder treads, refinishing the pilothouse table, repairing some damage done by the wake of a fisherman up in the Chesapeake, fiberglassing and painting battery boxes, small repairs, and now preparing for the Bahamas trip in April. 

I still get out to kayak whenever I can, though we had a few weeks of high winds and weather fronts that made it tough.  It has also been unusually cool, but that makes it nicer for Jim working in the engine room. 

The last time I was out in the kayak, I caught this nice tricolor heron hunting...

tricolor heron


tricolor hunting

We still plan to head to the Exumas in early April, and we're starting to update the inventory of provisions and make up our shopping list.  There is still a long list of things that we want/need to do before we leave, so the chores aren't over yet.