And now it’s next year.
The winter has been unusually cold, wet and windy. Unusual for this part of the Canadian gulf islands. Tonight it’s raining and 42 F outside. Tomorrow we leave our cozy little marina, dodging in-between two storms for the big island of Vancouver and Van Isles Marina, where in two days our home will be lifted out of the water, set up in a yard, and worked on by four separate crews.
My second in command, quartermaster, ships doctor, cook, and love of my life, has encouraged me to write about this event in the hopes it may be of interest to some of you.
I was going to write about condensation…but we’ll try her suggestion first.
I mentioned four separate crews and I should explain because it really helps to define what we hope to accomplish in the week our boat will be ‘on the hard’.
The first crew, from the marina, will focus on painting her bottom. All boats that stay in the water for long periods of time use a paint designed to keep things from growing on the hull. This paint only works for 2-4 years. So yes, every so often, we have to repaint the bottom of our house.
The second crew is from the on-site boat yard. There are some things, like the cutlass bearing, that I have neither the time nor the tools to work on.
The third crew will be measuring and fabricating our new cushions. The current ones are original. 34 years takes it’s toll on anything you sit on.
The last crew, and most important, are us. We will be working on the toilet plumbing, water lines, and a half dozen other things we have the tools and expertise for.
So off we go. I’ve made a commitment to share everything I can. There will be many things to see and do.
I hope you enjoy.