Preparing to Put a Boat in Dry Storage

Preparing to Put a Boat in Dry Storage |

We weren’t sure the timing would work out, but we feel so lucky it did: in thirty days, we’ll put a certain someone’s boat in dry storage (as we’re heading back overseas for extended time). Not only has this boat never seen dry storage, but we need to finalize our overseas plans at the same time. So we’re preparing like crazy to…

Get a certain someone’s boat ready:

  • gather all boat paperwork

  • sign a lease at the dry dock marina

  • reserve crane time

  • pay in advance

  • set up long-term autopay

  • give notice to the moorage marina

  • renew boat registration with the State

  • renew boat registration with the USCG

  • fix an engine

Purchase hard to find supplies, still needed:

  • order enough of the following to have one small bottle of each, filled to the brim…

  • buy 7 little containers of Tea Tree Wipes (prevents/relieves my rosacea; not found overseas)

  • buy lip goo

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Take care of health care:

  • make a certain someone’s medical appointments (annual exam, eye exam)

  • finish going to my medical appointments (already scheduled)

  • update a certain someone’s medical insurance (to be effective July 1)

  • decide on my long-term medical insurance plan

  • purchase long-term travel insurance

Take care of personal care:

Manage the luggage that exploded:

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Organize the portable office:

  • go through paperwork and transfer vital information into Excel spreadsheet

  • ensure I have everything necessary to file taxes next year, from overseas

  • transfer all files from the old computer up to the cloud

  • transfer all files from the old cell phone up to the cloud

  • transfer all files from the old memory stick up to the cloud

Banking and bills:

  • inform all banks of travel updates

  • inform all credit cards of travel updates

  • set up auto pay for that one last account

Final activities:

  • sail boat to dry dock marina

  • haul boat out

  • wash boat down

  • take photos!

  • finish final boat work

  • visit with loved ones

  • head to Airbnb

  • do a final luggage packing check

  • check the mail

  • take photos of everything inside/outside the luggage

  • take photos of updated wallets/IDs/travel docs and send to email (they also auto backup to cloud)

  • shuttle to the airport

  • breathe

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Mindful Moment:

Do you see that sweet face? He recently appeared at a slip nearby (and I’ll truly miss him). He’s a good pup who gets a little excited, barking at those who pass by. But if I pop my head above deck, look over at him and soothe him with a loving tone, he looks at me like a little heart as he melts into a puddle of drool, turns in circles, lays down, then drifts into dreamland. He’s the lesson that’s so important: talk lovingly to soothe one another (all creatures deserve it).