Silent Maid was launched last June and sailed all last season visiting points along the Delaware River, the New Jersey Coast, and the upper Chesapeake Bay. None of this is to say work was done or even close to the hiatus between construction and maintenance that we grace with the term "done." On her first trip the cabin was packed with tool boxes as we continued with construction while taking on trouble shooting and sailing. That was a cruise from convenience store to convenience store as the galley was not complete. Last summer's goal was to sail with only the tools that fit one very small locker. By and large we succeeded, on our final cruise of the season from Philadelphia to Chestertown, Md. and back we could even cook a proper meal.
Next June we set out with a more ambitious schedule, planning to range as far north as Brooklin, Maine, attending every regatta, show and classic yacht race we can find between here, Philadelphia, and there. So now is our chance to build in all the amenities we did without last season. At this moment we are building a refrigerator into one of the cockpit seats and constructing a sophisticated but compact navigation station in the cabin. When we set out we want our electric winches and our out door shower. We want radar and depth sounding. We , well we want everything we have grown accustomed to leaving at home when setting out on a voyage. Big plans.