In the late winter and early spring, Phyllis continued to sweat over the latest edition of the "Norwegian Cruising Guide" and was often heard muttering "if we don't get it out the door before the end of the year, anyone who wants to can have the copyright for $5 and a cold beer"—I'm pleased to share we shipped it on December 1, 2017.
While I spent some very chilly days in this shed at East River Marine fitting a new propeller shaft to "Morgan's Cloud".
Not sure how she felt about only having motorboats for company over the long winter, but they all seemed to be getting along.
Finally, and I do mean finally, because it came late to Nova Scotia this year, real spring arrived and with it came launching day.
After two winters there, the crew at East River have launching our boat and stepping the mast down to a fine art, but it's still a stressful operation we will never grow to love.
As yard foreman Don said after stepping the mast, "If it wasn't 11:00 in the morning, I would be having a large rum now".
If doesn't matter how many times we get ready for a cruise, there is always a point where the task and provisioning list seems insurmountable.
Phyllis is having one of those moments.