~~A DAY IN THE LIFE ABOARD RAIN DOG ~~
Per request, here is a general description of our life aboard Rain Dog.
I’m usually up around 7 ish and wait for brian to wake around 8-9 ish. We have a tea(me) and coffee(brian) while checking the weather and or listening to the morning cruising net if there is one. A cruising net is a daily VHF confab with the cruisers in that area. For example, George Town Exuma has a cruiser net every morning at 8 am on VHF channel 72. It’s a great opportunity to get information from more explierienced cruisers about the area, where to obtain water, fuel, groceries. Also, you can ask for help with boat or equipment repair or if you need to buy or sell something. Cruisers nets are a way to quickly plug in to the local cruising community.
Brian cooks us a delicious breakfast( oatmeal, omelettes, French toast, eggs, or hash browns).
We lounge around after breakfast, scupper runs around on deck and uses his poddy mat. Then at 11:00 we get up the motivation to decide what our day will entail. I’m always voting for a drift dive or swimming to the beach, brian is usually on board unless we need to provision or he has some boat maintenance that he cannot put off.
After a swim or boat work we usually eat lunch ( sandwiches cheese and crackers etc), take a nap, or relax reading a book until around 3-4. Whereby I usually swim around the boat and/or we take scupper to shore to run loose.
By 5 we are back aboard and showered, all sand and salt cleaned off of Rain Dog crew. We then contemplate dinner. Many times we just eat a couple different types of veggies or we decide on a real dinner ( spaghetti, meatloaf, Brian’s fantastic homemade pizza etc)
After dinner we usually run around the boat getting it ready for the night, stowing loose items on deck, tidying up the cockpit, make sure dinghy is secure, and anchor tackle is in order. We also make sure our anchor lights are working, we have 3 solar lights on deck and an anchor light at the top of the mast ( we call the top mast light the “Kitty” light). Since we are near a shipping channel we like to light up the boat for better visibility.
Ok, so that is the average day aboard a Rain Dog.