I have lots of creative excuses why I haven’t done a blog post since we returned to Saralane a few weeks ago…. but I’m pretty sure no one wants to hear them so I’ll just jump right in. I wanted to start with a beautiful shot of us in the water in a lovely anchorage at sunset, but this is what there was to see and do when we got back….
|Taping and repainting Saralane's bright green bootstripes|
|Sanding before repainting the bottom|
|Ta da! (part 2)|
|Putting the mainsail back on|
|Varnishing the wood on the cockpit table|
|Our spinnaker needed an airing out before repacking|
|Pack away provisions|
Paint, scrape, sand, varnish, stow, pack spinnaker, unpack main…. etc. The boatyard got crazy with bugs by about 2:00 each day, so we’d get an early start and finish before we got devoured by no see ‘ums.
There weren't any bugs at the bar by the boatyard so this was our view each day after work was done.
Then – moving day! Skip had big plans for fixing the centerboard pennant that snapped way back in the Bahamas (see 'Centerboard Fix' March 2011), but it turned out not to be so simple. So, we’ll remain a fixed shallow draft boat until we’re out of the water again with some time to spare and some bigger tools.
|Two heads are better than one.... Maurice and Skip secure the centerboard in the UP position|
|Freshly painted Saralane getting wet|
And since I hate to leave you thinking that it's all work and no play.... here's our first stop after getting back in the water. Saba Rock in North Sound Virgin Gorda (see 'One Last Hurrah' August 2011).
There's lots more to show and tell, but since it took me so long to do this first post, it's long enough already. More soon (really!)....