Visiting tenalach

Hello again our friends! We figured we should probably do a post on "what to expect" if you're visiting and staying with us on the boat. We'll have some fun with it, so it's not all logistics!

RULE #1: Stay in/on the boat.

RULE #2: Refer to Rule #1.

Now that THAT'S out of the way...

What do I bring?

The short answer is, as little as possible, in as soft a bag as you have. You'll likely be either snuggling with that bag or shoving it into a corner or storage compartment while you're here. Large or stiff suitcases have to stay in the car or in the cockpit, which means they're in the way and exposed to the weather. Just don't bring them, if you can. Bring weather-appropriate things, and something warm just in case it's a lot cooler on the water than you think it will be. It likely will be. We have plenty of jackets, but not many hoodies or fleeces, since cotton and humidity don't really mix. We don't care if you wear the same shirt, jeans, or shorts, every day you're here. It works for us. Bathing suit for sure. FAIR WARNING: It's really hard to move around the topside of the boat in jeans, especially for you gents. We have access to laundry if you really need it or are staying longer than a few days. Bring your regular toiletries, but leave the hair gadgets at home, you can use the admiral's. Hair dryers and straighteners take up a LOT of space and use a LOT of power. Let us help you with those. We have towels you can use, so don't worry about those. Bring a hat with a brim and sunglasses. For footwear, boat shoes or tennis shoes are the best. Flip Flops and other open-heeled sandals are dangerous when underway, but fine for inside the boat. For you list types:

  • Duffel Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Warm Layer
  • No Hair Dryers or Straighteners
  • The fewer cotton items the better
  • No Towels
  • Things you don't mind slobber or dog hair on
  • Non-marking soled, closed heeled shoes. Reef-type sandals are fine. 

What's it like?

Well, first off, it moves. Just about all the time. As weight shifts from one side to the other, the boat moves. The wind moves it, too. You won't notice it in the slip after a while, unless it's really blowing, but if you're prone to motion sickness, you might want to bring your preferred treatment method. Some people prefer Ginger, Dramamine, Balance Bands, whatever works best for you. At night, the gentle motion will lull you to sleep. 

We have dogs. They're big, and they love people. You'll likely try to sit in their space, which means they'll want to sit on you. The picture above is very common on tenalach. If you don't like dogs, you might want to consider a hotel. We'll still be glad to take you sailing, but you won't be happy in close quarters with 200lbs of dog if you just don't really like them.

The composting toilet takes a little getting used to, but it's pretty simple. Have to go #1? Open the lid and go. Ladies, drop your paper in the can next to the toilet. Mist with the green bottle (Apple Cider Vinegar solution for sterilizing and urine odor control). Have to #2, open the trap door, do your business, drop your paper in the hole, close the door, turn the handle. That's it. No water, no flushing.

We shower in the marina bathrooms, which are modern and very clean, but they are shared. There are 3 shower stalls in each, lockers for your things and a towel rack. They are locked and not really "public," but we do share them with other liveaboards.

Do you have electricity?

It may sound silly, but we've had people ask. Yes, of course we have electricity. We have wifi too. And a stove and oven, too! Even a refrigerator! We fancy!

Where will I sleep?

Wherever you're most comfortable, but most likely in the V-berth. It is private and has lights and a power outlet for your gadgets, and you're right next to the head if you need to use it at night. It will not move much as it's close to the centerline of the boat, and we rarely get any kind of waves big enough to rock a 23,000 lb boat up and down. You've got a window and an overhead hatch as well, for ventilation. If you come in the winter, it's close to the coal stove as well, so you'll be plenty warm. We'll have sheets and either blankets or a sleeping bag for you, whichever you prefer. We'll let you know if it's going to be crowded and you'll need to sleep somewhere else, but we haven't had that problem yet. The v-berth will sleep two adults comfortably and has leg room enough for my 6'4 self to stretch all the way out. 

Can I drink the water from the faucets?

Absolutely. The water is from a city source and filtered at least once. We have a 2nd under-sink filter in the galley and a brita in the fridge. You may experience a little bit of a "canteen" taste, but it is very safe. 

What if I fall overboard?

In the very unlikely event that you do indeed go in the water and you're alone,  the first thing is not to panic. Your phone's already dead and you're already wet. Nothing is going to eat you. There is a ladder up to the dock right next to the boat. If you cannot pull yourself up there, there is a floating dock 4 slips away. If you go in and one of us is right there, we'll simply lower the swim ladder on the stern of the boat and you can climb right up. Again, this is very unlikely unless you try something stupid. Accidents do happen and I have had to pull a dock neighbor out of the water, but it is rare. 

If you go overboard while we're underway, you've violated rules 1 and 2. DO NOT TRY TO SWIM TO THE BOAT. If nobody sees or hears you go over, (extremely unlikely), holler for help. We'll toss you a float if you aren't wearing a life vest, and we'll come around and get you. Stay where you are, conserve your energy. Don't try to get to the boat until we've stopped the engine and called you over. You don't want to get nicked by the prop, I promise you. If you go overboard, let the rest of the crew do the work until you're asked or told to get in gear. But seriously, stay in the boat.

What will we do?

Well we'd LIKE to go sailing! That will totally depend on the weather, though. Liveaboard life is pretty quiet most days, unless we're going out on the water or doing maintenance. If there's something you'd like to see or do, let us know and we can arrange it. 

When can I visit?

Just give us some advance notice! Chuck travels frequently for work, and Michelle works Tuesday-Saturday, but we'll make it work if you want to come see us! The best weather is about mid-April through the end of October while we're in the bay. We look forward to seeing you!

We Survived the Winter!

Well, spring is finally here, and we could not be more glad! We were very comfortable inside the boat after we got all the heat worked out, but the short days, cold weather, and low tides kept us tied to the slip far more than we would have preferred. The composting head is working great, we've cleaned and flushed our water system and have sold our sailing dinghy in favor of an inflatable with a motor. This will allow us to be more stable in the water with the two of us and the stooges in the boat. We'll also be able to ferry ourselves and passengers from tenalach to the shore on Sunday Fundays at Paradise Ocean Club and other fun places and overnight anchorages.

We serviced out two main Barient 28 winches today after sailing for an hour or so this morning. We would have spent all day on the water, but the inlet still is unsafe for any draft over 5 feet past mid-tide. The dredge project is currently in procurement, and bidding closes this week. We continue to be assured that the inlet dredging will be complete by Memorial Day, and that in case of emergency, there is a narrow safe path in at "0," which is mean low tide. We love the community here at Southall Landings and the Salt Ponds general, so we hope the city figures out a permanent solution to this problem sooner than later. Anyway, the winches took about  3 hours to do, and that was with both of us working on them. They hadn't been  serviced in some time, apparently. Chuck had done this once before on a friend's Catalina, but it has been years and wasn't above looking at the directions! We got plenty greasy, even with latex gloves on. The stooges supervised, of course, in between letting the springtime visitors to the marina know that they were being watched!

It was a lovely time on the water this Easter morning. While neither of us are religious, we are both very spiritual. We had meditative music playing on tenalach's radio while the sails were up, and hardly said a word to each other. We were both struck by the warmth of the sun, the cool breeze, the sparkle of the water, the company of the newly-returned osprey and other sea birds, who keep a wary eye on tenalach as we ply the water. The Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful wonder of nature, and we feel very connected to it. This morning before we left the slip, a beautiful jellyfish caught its tentacles on the growth on one of the pilings in our slip. A quick move with the boat hook sent it on its way, no worse for the wear. It flapped its pink body to the surface as if to thank us, and the current swept it away. These small moments of beauty helped us through the long winter, and remind us that we are all connected to the earth.

One of Chuck's college friends is coming to stay with us this week and we're very much looking forward to having a guest with us again! I think we'll need to do a post for those of you who would like to come stay overnight with us! It's not terribly difficult to acclimate to life on a boat, but there are differences from your land dwellings! Look for that one! Happy Spring and Easter to you!

Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint uses!

Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint are sold as a starter kit for DoTerra oils because they each have so many uses. I have listed below the different uses of each oil, and highlighted my favorite uses of them! I look forward to hearing how you are using your oils. More information can be found here.
  • Air/ Water Purification
  • Common Colds/ Cold Sores
  • Constipation
  • Sad feelings
  • Sanitizing Dishes
  • Disinfecting/ Cleaning
  • Fever
  • Furniture Polish
  • Oily Hair and Skin
  • Hangover
  • Laundry
So far my favorite use for Lemon is to use a drop or two in my water during the day. This helps with purifying the water, and helps my body get the benefits of lemon. I have also been using this on my cold sore and seems to be helping it heal faster.
  • Seasonal threats like pollen and dust
  • Anxious feelings
  • Blister
  • Chapped Lips
  • Dry Skin / Diaper Rash
  • Insect Repellent
  • Poor sleep
  • Relaxing/ Sleep/ Stress
  • Stretch Marks/ Wrinkles
I have been using the Lavender on my feet or neck before I go to bed. I put some of my hands, take a nice deep breathe, and then rub it either on the bottom of my feet or my neck. I have also rubbed some on my dogs paws before I leave them for the day. This seems to help them with their anxiety while I am away at work.
  • Alertness
  • Respiratory support
  • Bad Breath
  • Cold Sores
  • Cooling
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Immune Support
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nausea/ Vomiting
Love this for bad breath! I am a coffee drinker, so I think enough second. I look forward to using this to cool me down on warm days, along with having this around for sailing trips. Just in case some nausea, or motion sickness sets in for friends on board I know this will help them!
What are you favorite uses of these oils? If you are looking for a sample, leave a comment and send me your address. Thanks!
As always, pictures of the kids. This was last night when we were watching the sunset on deck and listening to a strange as a different boat fool around on his guitar. It was wonderful and one of the simple joys of a simple life :) (And no they wouldn't look at me to take a picture...)