R&R means “Repairs & Renovations”

After completing our Great Loop voyage in Holland, MI last August, R&R (the boat) was ready for repairs and updates, some due to service intervals, others to improve visibility/safety/convenience, yet others to replace older items.

Yacht Basin in Holland completed her 1,000 hour engine and transmission service (typical oil and filter change plus impellers, drive belts, valve adjustments and many other service items).

Nautical Needle replaced bridge side curtains with clear plexiglass, made and installed new Infinity mats on the bridge and cockpit, and replaced salon/main cabin carpeting.

On the bridge, we relegated two Volvo Penta engine gauges to the lower dashboard and promoted a second color multi-gauge and the autopilot controller to the main dashboard. Now water depth, speed, and autopilot controls are all directly ahead of the helm.

Eldean Shipyard splashed R&R on April 25, and since then we have cleaned, organized and prepared her for our planned trip to Canada this summer with friends from Norfolk, visiting some of the areas closed to us last year due to COVID.

Yesterday we took R&R out of the slip and into Lake Michigan for a one hour shakedown cruise. She performed well and we enjoyed beautiful 80 degree weather, rare for May in Michigan.

First Mate, heading toward Big Red lighthouse
R&R offshore of friend Rose’s home.

Happy Spring!