So, this is what we've been doing since we launched Mariposa after she sat out the summer hurricane season--getting her ready to do some more fun stuff, down the island chain south. Guadeloupe and Dominica are next to be visited, starting in December. Desiree is now back in the US until December, attending to family and her homestead in Anacortes.
We both can't wait until the jobs are done, but we agreed early on that we should do the upgrades and repairs now and enjoy them from the start, rather than piecemeal as we went along, as it usually happens--including with me. I can easily bear being stuck at the dock if it means great returns from the start!