|There have been some issues in the past I guess...|
My first shower was heavenly. The washroom facilities are very clean and modern and they're open all night so we don't have to bother with requesting a key to get in every time we need to go...
|Cracks at the aft end of the keel!|
|The crack continues along the joint|
|This is the forward part of the keel where the lead begins. The paint layers are flaking away!|
|Weeping crack leading back from the forward edge of the keel where the lead begins - starboard side|
|Pretty snazzy skirt she's wearing!|
|The yard has strict rules about how work must be done.|
|A peek under her skirt!|
Add also, while we're at it - repaint the stripes! They look pretty shabby with much of the red color worn off and dull. We had it polished last bottom job, but they still look awful. Anderson is going to prep and paint them again, this time we're going with blue to match our new blue bottom!
|They've started grinding and chipping away at the filler that was used to fill this in back in 2012|
|They worked most of the day to get this done!|
|This is the forward repeat repair. They've taken it down to fibreglass and lead!|
Today was a roller coaster. My mind does terrible things when I don't know how we will get from here to there. As we looked over everything and talked it out with Anderson, it seemed that the list just grew and grew. These jobs seem daunting to me, but I was comforted by Anderson's calm and efficient manner.
He assured me that he could make this all right in the end... and the few things he wasn't confident in doing, he did not hesitate to refer us to someone who could do them. (Those had to do with the cutlass bearing maintenance and tightening the rudder post.)
At the end of the day, we were dirty, sweaty, hungry and tired. That shower really felt good! We talked it over and assessed the situation. We've got a new splash date. It went from March 23rd - to now being scheduled for APRIL 9TH!!! That's a whole month in the yard! But so far, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm adjusting to the height and the ladder. (Yes... we're peeing in a bucket during the night! But Bruce is a wonderful man and he takes it to empty in the morning!) I'm already feeling my arm and leg muscles aching from the climb, but that's a good thing. It isn't too hot and we've only seen a couple of mosquitos and NO rodents or roaches!!!
We are working hard with the end in sight. Our boat will be more sound and better looking when this is over! We've got this!