Seth and I generally finish laying up the boat in about five days to a week. Yes, that's a week that we can't spend sailing or anchored in a beautiful, deserted cove, but it's time well spent. With it complete, we feel comfortable leaving our Celeste for a whole winter — even in the Bering Sea — and it means we return in the spring to a clean, fresh-smelling, functional boat. Additionally, it's a systematic, biannual (since we recommission each summer too) overhaul of the whole boat and its systems, enabling us to keep close tabs on its condition and what might need upgrading or repair. So, in some ways, despite the amount of work involved, laying up is yet another advantage to part-time cruising.