We’ve now been docked here at Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head for three full months, and it’s about time for a change of scenery. Don’t get me wrong. We love it here. The marina, the people of Hilton Head, the fellow boaters, are all admirable. And there’s nothing quite like the sight of a trio of dolphins playing joyfully in your bow wave:
But it’s definitely time to get underway on our big adventure, the primary reason for which we purchased this boat.
To be sure, we’ve had our share of events and circumstances that have slowed us down. But at long last, we now have a tender and outboard engine that are fully functional:
We have some very groovy new hats with the boat’s name and hailing port embroidered on them:
Everything that we can think of to work on (for now…) has been done. We’re presently the proud owners of six brand new house batteries (to run most all things electrical on the boat when we’re not in a marina), a functional and legal anchor light for peaceful nights on the hook, and a growing and eclectic collection of spare parts and supplies, none of which will I waste your time with pictures of.
Yes, the itch to get going is getting stronger by the day. Last night, just for the halibut, we slipped our dock lines and headed out for an impromptu sunset cruise. It was mostly just an excuse to get out of the marina, but I guess God approved of our decision, as our efforts were rewarded with this glorious view which Niki captured from the pilothouse of Joy Girl:
Ashore, the urge to get out and go somewhere or do something is often referred to as “cabin fever”. But on a boat, many terms are a bit different, and I felt this one needed a nautical translation as well. Like this Anhinga sitting on our dock, spreading his wings and running his final preflight checklist before takeoff, I believe we are finally ready to go!
So I came up with a new term to describe the irresistible urge to leave the docks and friends of Shelter Cove Marina and be on our way. I call it…Dock Itch!
And now, it’s about time to go scratch that itch!
8 thoughts on “The Cure for Dock Itch”
Craig- your toenail color is perfect
Thanks for noticing, RJ. It’s the best shade I’ve found so far, and it looks just mahhhhvelous with the boat’s cove stripe…
I love this! Thanks for sharing your literary genius with us!So…when is push off?
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Thanks! Literary comments from a knowledgeable and esteemed source mean much to this fledgling writer. Since by maritime tradition it is never wise to start a journey on a Friday (the day on which Jesus was killed), we plan to leave Saturday morning.
Beautiful sunset shot! And thank you for using the Anhinga’s real name!! May the journey cure what ails you…
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Thanks! The original draft had the bird called by an incorrect name; fortunately a friend saw it on FakeBook and sent us a note with the correct identifier.
Craig and Niki- good luck as you set sail Saturday. Many more of those beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I will be watching for your wake on Google Earth!!
Thanks, RJ. Turns out the dinghy prop hub gave out last night on the way to dinner, so we have one more challenge before we head out. But soon….