|Taking it all in stride.|
Since buying our boat, there has been an intermittent vibration in the prop shaft in certain situations. Ignoring it has not helped so we're going to try investigating possible causes... starting with a new cutless bearing. Our boat also has a set of spurs on the shaft which are supposed to keep line from wrapping around and stopping the prop. If they are working correctly, they will cut the line as it wraps around the shaft, should we accidentally hit a net or line while under way. Our spurs probably need new zincs and spacers.
Sailor's Wharf Yacht Yard where we would be hauling the boat. The fog delay was no problem today. The boat had been perfectly still all through the night and we were enjoying the peace and quiet of being fogged in.
|Polishing the stainless.|
We said farewell to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge just as she woke up and prepared for another work day. We will be seeing her again very soon.
Bruce had to pull the anchor up manually because our windlass is on the fritz. Long story, but it's another of the things we will be having serviced while the boat is out.
I couldn't help but grin like an idiot the whole way. The fog disappeared as we rounded the tip of land that is St. Petersburg.
What a gorgeous day! We couldn't believe that just a couple of days ago we were cold and wet. The last two months of winter were magically gone and we were thrilled.
The City of St. Pete came into view and we remembered that it was just over two years ago that we visited here by car. We were boat shopping and hadn't yet sold our CS36. Bruce fell in love with St. Petersburg and vowed to come here some day on our own boat. And here we are! This is one vow we are keeping!
The people at Sailor's Wharf were so nice to let us dock and hook up to power for the night. So far, our experience with them has been above and beyond any other we've used... let's hope that continues to the end of this haul out.
We had all of Monday morning to get ourselves and the boat ready for her time in the yard. We cleaned and packed and moved things around so that the workmen could access the systems we needed fixed, including the water maker.
Our boat came with a water maker "available but not installed" (as the broker put it). What does that mean? We're about to find out! Keep your fingers crossed that it isn't bad news...
It was no problem getting in and Steve had a remote control to work the lift that was really cool.
We we grabbed the last of our gear while Steve brought the bow gently to the front of the bay where we could easily step right off. He made it look like he's done this before!
The keel cleared the water's surface and we saw that there was some shell growth along the edges. Why is there growth in these spots and not others? No idea. I guess some of those brushes with sand have scraped off the bottom paint that discourages shell growth, leaving the little buggers with an opportunity.
We left the guys blocking the boat up for her stay here and retired, with two very confused felines, to our temporary home... on the hard.