I'll go back to the end of last season in a minute but first - our launch a few days ago.
|Reuben picks up Saralane in the trailer|
|Maurice gives Reuben the high sign when the pads are properly placed|
|Riding in the trailer to the travelift|
As has become our practice, we hang in the slings over the yard's lunch break so we can lower and paint the centerboard. Skip patched the "bite" in the centerboard while we were in the yard and it needed a few coats of paint too.
|Painting our much loved centerboard|
But... the travelift operator was waiting and other boats needed his attention. We had no choice but to pin the board back in the up position and go in the water. We're back to being a fixed shallow draft boat.
All is not lost though. Everything else on the boat is in great shape (touch wood here) and we've mostly recovered our sunny outlook on life here in the Caribbean. We sat over drinks that night and started to think up new designs for a more robust cable system. We're open to suggestions. Seriously.
There's lots more to cover, but I think a quickie summary of the end of last season will be enough for now. We spent some time in Lee Bay which is always quiet. The swimming here is great and we're often the only boat.
|John H gets a refresher - the sun fades our non-marine grade Sharpie lettering/numbering|
|John H enjoys the fire too|
|Saralane alone in Lee Bay|
|Giant pelican? Mini yacht? Or is it just perspective....|
|Nope... it's definitely a giant pelican!|
|John H makes friends with the laughing gulls|
|Skip paints. I photograph.|