Welcome to the forward cabin, also known as Marietta’s room. The netting you see helps encourage Marietta to stay in her zone during nap time, playtime and night time. It also keeps her from falling or wandering out of bed when no one is looking.
Over our heads and to the right you’ll see a small hammock bulging with diapers. As you might imagine, having two kids in cloth diapers calls for a huge stash. This way they are easily accessible but also stay neat and in place when we are sailing. It’s great that there is such a high resale value on used cloth diapers. I just sold seven lightly used newborn diapers on ebay for $65.
Let’s take down the netting so you can get a close-up view of Marietta’s room. She loves her princess sleeping bag. Her toys are in a big crate in the left corner of her room. You can’t see it from this angle, but in the right corner we have installed a video camera that transmits to a portable radio so we can see and hear Marietta while she is playing and learning to speak Spanglish. Straight ahead is a trapezoid shaped door that is hinged on the top, this leads to the chain locker. We store 225 feet of anchor chain for our Delta 88 pound anchor and a couple hundred feet of thick line (rope) in case we need to deploy a second anchor (of which we have several options for different situations). Also notice the shiny varnish work – many many hours of hard work.
If you look to the left you’ll see the entrance to our smaller-than-life-size sink and head (toilet). There is also a lot of storage in the cabinet above the sink. It is chock full of six months worth of toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.
To your right you can see we have posted detailed instructions on the proper procedure when using the head. They’re a little hard to read because the print has smudged – I’ll reprint one day when I have nothing else to do. Flushing the head is not rocket science but it does have some hard and fast rules, the first being “never leave the switch on wet bowl, it will sink the boat!” My mom always uses this head because it is the one that comes with printed flushing instructions.
If you open the little door below the sink you will find the handy dandy roll of toilet paper and a host of other items stored for a rainy day, literally. Pampers are only kept for emergencies, when it rains for days on end and we are not able to dry the cloth diapers. This has, to date, never happened but a good girl scout is always prepared.
And with that fascinating trip to the head, this concludes our virtual tour of the boat we call home. Please let me know if you have any questions! As you disembark remember to take all of your belongings. Short dinghy rides are available if you can demonstrate a bowline knot to Captain Jack. Marietta is also on hand for autographs…if you can catch her. We hope you enjoyed your time aboard and will come back to visit again soon!