To Home and Back

homehillThe Mahi crew flew home to California for a quick trip to see the grandkids and take care of some last minute business.  It was good to see our home and visit for a week.   We wanted to wrap some things up before heading off to the Bahamas in the New Year.

It felt good to see our home on the hill.  Here is a long view of our hill (right); you can see our house 12341286_605885922902499_1836539186455848511_nthrough the trees off in the distance.

While home, I took some time to fire up my longarm quilting machine and create a wholecloth quilt to donate for a fundraiser event next March.  It also gave me an opportunity to try out one of my new designs sold through Digitech Patterns.


The time at home was short and went by so quickly.  We flew back to FL late last night.  It was fun to see what projects had been done in our absence, including the new windows and woodwork repair.  The previous windows were crazed and opaque, now we have new tinted clear ones.   The interior is so light and bright now.

snorkelingwebThat means it is time to make the curtains.  After that, I plan to sew up some cushion covers out of microfiber fabric to protect the new upholstery.  A 4-year-old on board is quite messy.  Beyond that, I have plans to make hatch, outboard, propane grill, windlass, and winch covers.  Joe says he is not holding his breath.  He knows once we leave, the call of the ocean will draw me away from sewing projects.  We shall see…

Meanwhile, the refit work is winding down.  We are working hard to  finish the jobs so we can head off across the Gulf Stream after the New Year.  With each job we check off the list, you can’t help but get more excited.

This week’s projects- Bow roller extension being fabricated for our new anchor, New Garmin chart plotter installed, topping lift and whisker pole added, lifeline netting to be installed.  Purchases include AIS, Sat Phone, Calframo cabin fans, and, oh yes- Christmas presents for Ethan!

Fair Winds,   Carla and Joe





  11 comments for “To Home and Back

  1. Becky
    December 15, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Happy for you all!

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    • December 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Becky! ❤


  2. December 15, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Love Rocna!

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    • December 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Viki, is that what you have on your boat? Only issue with Rocna is having to fabricate the extra bow roller extension. May I ask your ground tackle set up? 🙂

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      • December 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        We have a Young 88 – 30′ racer/cruiser. She weighs 3.5tonnes. We don’t live aboard but cruise her a lot at weekends and for a few weeks over the summer. We don’t have a windlass so we’ve got 10m of 10mm short link chain and then a rope rode for the rest (in an attempt to make it easier to pull up by hand!)
        The Rocna doesn’t fit on our bow roller either, so we just pull it aboard and store it in the anchor locker. Not ideal but it works for us.
        Have been anchored in some pretty horrendous weather and didn’t budge. We even had another boat rafted up once with two anchors out and stern lines ashore. When it got a bit rolly to stay rafted up we untied and pulled up a bit on our anchor to stay clear, but their anchor immediately started grabbing. Our Rocna had clearly been holding both boats!


      • December 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Thanks for sharing, Viki, about how well your Rocna works. Ouch! Pulling up by hand is hard work. Our windlass is original to the boat, but we have extra parts on hand in case it fails. The bow roller extension is still being fabricated, but will show pictures when it is installed. Doing the lifeline netting right now and waiting for the electrical work to be completed. Oh yes, installing 8 new Caframo Bora fans too.

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  3. farmquilter
    December 15, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Hard to believe that the countdown is down to weeks!!! I remember when it was months – time has flown by and Mahi is looking ship-shape and almost ready to head out on your adventure of a lifetime!!! God speed!

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    • December 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      So much to do!! Yikes. Cannot wait to start taking pictures of turquoise seas, and underwater shots, too.


  4. December 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I read all the above and just cannot “wrap my mind around” what you are doing!!! I’m such a “nester” that the prospect of the next 3 months spent in South TX is daunting!!! Hugs and prayers to you all!!! (Great to see a bit of your gorgeous quilt-work again!!!!)

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    • December 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      It’s those freezing MN winters that insist on “nesting” in order to survive. 🙂 Being in South Texas will be great, however, I would miss all the fun winter activities. Being gone for 3 months will break up the winter though.

      Joe and I once spent a few years in LIno Lakes, MN, north of the Twin Cities. Took up cross country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, etc. I remember coveting a heated driveway!

      Fun to be quilting again! Will do more next summer.

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      • December 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        We have friends in Lino Lakes & am very familiar with the area! You’re so right…..the cold weather encourages “nesting” and “comfort food” (in significant amounts!!!!!)! A heated drive…………..sigh…………..LOL!!!!!


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