Happy First month anniversary working on Lucky 8!

The first month of converting our shorty school bus past by very fast. Every day around 8 am, including weekends, we diligently driving to work on our project. On the way to work we stop either at the Home Depot, or Loves, or our local neighboring construction store. We missed only two days of work on the bus! What did we accomplish in the first month? We gutted it, installed trucks for solar panels, fixed the subfloor, skinned the windows, rubber seal painted, electrical – removed excess wires, rerouted exhaust, found the air tank problem, made under carriage mounts for tanks and propane, fixed the engine squeak, patched holes in the ceiling, framed ceiling and walls, and put floor insulation.

A bit tired, but happy to work on our bus!

Lucky8 is getting ceiling framing, finally…

It’s almost a month we are working on our new home. Finally, we are getting to the fun work – framing inside of the bus.  It’s much cleaner and fun working with the plywood and 2×2. Drills, chop saw, hand saw, and wonderful smell of the freshly cut wood.

Zero day, or day off

Today we took a day off, “zero day”, as hikers would say. Kevin worked on the fixing couple things on our boat Lucky Seven, and I finally did our laundry, cleaned and cooked. It was very nice to have a lazy day and not to use drill or angle grinder! And stay clean… We had beautiful sunset at our marina and surprising visitor at the dinghy doc.

What did we do past four days…. floors, floors, floors..

Removing seats from the bus was very easy and quick task, but removing the tracks where seats were mounted took us four days! We extracted 366 bolts from the floor, one by one… The question was, what do you do to patch those 366 bolt holes??? We tried three different methods, which two of them totally did not work: Bondo Hair from Walmart (it was gooey disaster on the floor), then Bondo Putty from Home Depot (the putty just fall down through the bolt holes). Finally, we bought a fiberglass tape at Home Depot. Both of us working very quickly (before putty hardens) we applied putty over the tape. That solution seems helped mostly, but not 100%. Then we sprayed Rust Oleum over the floor to prevent/cover rust. The next day we got rubber sealant from Home Depot and spread over the floor, we hope that will help against leaking through original 366 bolt holes. Will see.. maybe..

366 bolt holes covered by rubber sealant paint

And, while we are waiting…

we are taking long walks early mornings on the endless Atlantic ocean beaches. We are trying to train for the long hikes. Some time in the future we would like to hike Appalachian trail. Yes, it’s another adventure we would love to experience. But for right now, we walk in the sand on the beach. As much as it’s sounds like leisure walks, they are not! Especially, if you walk barefoot and your ankles are sinking in the sand. Extra workout – walking barefoot on the old corrals. The best time on the beach is an early morning, you can see a lot of different birds, fish, crabs, and even big loggerhead or green turtles. And, sometimes, sharks! My favorite are pelicans and great egrets. They love to hang our near fishermen and still the their bait.

Patience, just couple more days.

Yes, we totally agree with Epictetus, and we wait. We are patiently waiting to pick up our skoolie from Mike in Miami. Because his mechanic found another little problem (there is nothing little on the bus!), and now our bus is hijacked by the mechanic shop, and, there is nobody in hurry, everybody on the Latino time in Miami, or… at least we feel this way.

It seems, that the past Tuesday (when we supposed to pick up our bus) is slowly molding into the next week’s Tuesday. However, we should not complain about being late on the bus. Because, somehow magically, past Thursday, Kevin got a call from the manager of the RV and Boat storage across the street of the Home Depot. They have a space for our new skoolie! We can work on Lucky 8 at that facility, power and water are available for our use while remodeling. The best thing about our new working place is lack of the tropical plants over our head – we will be free from mosquitos! And, even better, there is no grass on the ground. The original plan was to stay on the very green mosquito and tics infected property we found around, and .. without restroom.

Sometimes a little waiting is not so bad!

We feel like Dali’s melting clocks past days.. our time is stretching indefinitely, disappearing in nowhere… That’s demoralizing. We are loosing our eagerness to start on the remodeling of our Lucky 8. Patience is not our great trait.

From the ocean to the land.. from Lucky Seven to Lucky Eight

After seven years of the living and sailing on our beautiful bluewater sailboat Lucky Seven we are trying to imagine how it would feel to become a “land” people again. Transition between totally opposite lifestyles seems to be very hard.. but here we are, and we have to do that rather quickly. Our girl, Lucky Seven, is for sale now in Stuart, FL and, in couple days we are going to pick up a 2005 28 feet skoolie bus from Miami, from Mike, and will try really hard to make our new lovely home on the land. We named it Lucky Eight, to honor our love for our boat and indicate that we are ready for the new exciting adventures on the terra firma.

It took us a couple weeks to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of different sizes and styles of the school busses. We came from the idea buying an old 30 feet diesel RV and fix it for our needs, to the skoolie bus! Why? Because it would be a project, probably for four or five months, and we can design and outfit our new RV for our desires and needs. Something similar we did with Lucky Seven. When we bought it seven years ago, she pretty much did not have any electronics, solar panels, wind generator, and looked very very old and sad. While I continued working full time, Kevin devoted all his time and energy to transfer the “ugly duckling” into a powerful and very safe ocean crossing yacht. Working almost every day, it took him almost a year to finish boat refitting work. If you would like to see our boat click here

This time it will be two of us working full time on the bus, and, we hope to finish our new Lucky Eight in four months.