Closed for the Season

Well, the 2021 cruising season, such as it was, is done.

Highlights included

  • Winning our class at Block Island Race Week in June.
  • Visiting our new grandson Parker in August
  • Cruising Maine in late August/September
  • And, as always visiting friends in and around Newport.

Next steps for us include – Jim helping John Callahan deliver his boat to Miami once this epic nor’easter moves away from us, and Deb driving south already on her way to visit with our son Chris in Kentucky and then her sister in Ft. Myers, Florida.

I’m always amazed at the amount of time and the work involved with decommissioning Morpheus. Of course this is because we haven’t done it very often given our preference for warm temperatures!

For those that might be interested, this is what our decommissioning task list looked like. We started a week and a half ago and finished yesterday.


✅ Charge and then disconnect batteries ★ – Due Yesterday
✅ Disconnect starting battery – Due Yesterday
✅ Turn off battery switch – Due Yesterday
✅ Diesel Service ★ – Due Today
✅ Leave pump and bucket near bilge sump ★ – Due Yesterday
✅ Remove zinc from fridge condenser
✅ Hang/Place dehumidifier bags – Due Yesterday
✅ Set out bug traps – Due Yesterday
✅ Remove speakers – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Open all filter housings – Due Yesterday
✅ Run washdown pump to empty water – Due Yesterday
✅ Plug heater vents with white tape on deck.
✅ Turn up all cushions ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Pack bags into car – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Buy water tank antifreeze
✅ Final deck and hull wash down – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Tie helm – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Watermaker filters and housings – Due Yesterday
✅ Remove WiFi box
✅ Clean heads top to bottom spotless – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Disconnect all propane – Due Yesterday
✅ DRAIN WATER HEATER – Due Yesterday
✅ Empty water system ★ – Due Yesterday
✅ Remove dodger canvas
✅ Clean engine room – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Empty vacumn cleaner – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Block for mast
✅ Tie backstay Cylinder – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Canvas covers on all hatches – Due ‎Sat‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎23
✅ Empty, Drain, and wipe down fridge and freezer ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Tef gel backstay pin – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Check all filters – Due Yesterday
✅ Clean spin pole end fittings – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove fancy water filter – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Close anchor line tube – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Grease Cleats
✅ Decomission Windlass
✅ Remove speedo
✅ Leave port water tank wide open to dry ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Antifreeze down sinks – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Declutter as possible – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Polish dodger windows
✅ Oil change
✅ Break down mast and store
✅ Clean mast – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove lazy jack lines – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Mast
✅ Clean White Yedi cooler – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Wash dodger windows after arrival
✅ Prep for mast removal – disconnect wires, hydraulics, connect pump. – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Halyards
✅ Bring Red Cooler ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Halyards – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove roller furling drum and line
✅ Remove and Stow Sails – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Boom – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove Vang – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove bimini – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove solar panels – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Get car to Pilots Point!
✅ Sort bow and stow dinghy
✅ Empty ditch kit of batteries
✅ Wipe down bow
✅ Wipe down all galley shelves and cutouts – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Pickle water maker
✅ Clean garbage cabinet inside
✅ Remove batteries in all electrical appliances – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove cockpit bags – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Wipe interior with water and vinegar – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove port screens – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Dump garbage – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Buy more anti freeze for water tanks – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ bring a lifejacket home – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Take passports ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Rinse bilges – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean and vasoline ports and hatches – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean all ceiling panels – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Pack projector, camera, computer, speaker – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Dehydration bags and containers – Deb ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove internet antenna – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Leave multimeter by batteries – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove BBQ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Purchase Oil Rags – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24


✅ Disconnect SSB antenna – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove mainsail battens – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove mainsail bag – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Boat shopping – vinegar
✅ Shopping: Anti freeze, garbage bags, roach hotels

✅ fuel jug on boat – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ scrub waterline – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24

✅ scrub decks – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24

✅ clean bottom of fenders – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ stow electrical cord – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ stow water hose – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎2
✅ Tighten engine belts – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Stainless desperately needs polishing – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Check gooseneck and vang nuts – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Switch all heads to fresh water – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Mark sling locations – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Install all hatch covers (canvas) – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove EPIRB – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Deflate Dinghy – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Check liferaft – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Rinse anchor chain and rode with fresh – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean hull multiple times – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove dinghy engine – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Stow dinghy engine – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Pack kitebag – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove speed transducer – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Removable sup fins – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Change engine fuel filters – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Fix door handle in pats cabin – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean Dodger (see note inside) – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Pickle Watermaker – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean dinghy – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Connect loose wire on alternator – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Remove jack lines – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Bring spare gas to jc but keep the “can” – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Repair inverter – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean salt from engine hose – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean hose with dinghy cleaner – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Wrap engine hose with chafe tape – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Install and test water maker pump – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Clean starter connections ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Turn off tracker and iridium – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Mainsail luff car attachment – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Tag out reef lines – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Reassemble flush hoses for Watermaker ★ – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ West Marine for nonskid and deck wash – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Watermaker pump (spare) – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24
✅ Check with pilots point – Due ‎Sun‎, ‎Oct‎ ‎24

4 Comments

    1. Nothing special. Picked up whatever Home Depot was offering at the time. Lots and lots of those dehumidifier packages. They worked well last year. A real dehumidifier would work even better!!

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  1. Jim That’s an amazing list! You could probably “sell” the list to other cruisers. Where are you going to spend most of the “off” season – can’t spend a lot of time in California! Dick

    On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 12:39 PM Morpheus Sailing wrote:

    > Jim posted: ” Well, the 2021 cruising season, such as it was, is done. > Highlights included Winning our class at Block Island Race Week in > June.Visiting our new grandson Parker in AugustCruising Maine in late > August/SeptemberAnd, as always visiting friends ” >

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    1. Thanks, Dick. Our crazy plans continue to evolve. We purchased a car last week, Deb is actually in it now heading to Florida. I’ll sail there with John Callahan and then once she picks me up we plan to visit some friends in Miami before heading to Kentucky to see Chris and Tennesee for Thanksgiving with my friend Pops and his family. Then we drive to California for a family wedding in San Diego, and then…. Stand by will let you know when we figure that next step out!!! I’m sure it involves lots of visits with our new grandson Parker and another major home improvement project for me!!

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