Splash!

8 May

Wednesday, May 1 we flew the milk run back to Jacksonville with the last leg quite bumpy as we headed into nasty weather that was to sit with us for several days. Heavy skies, torrential rain, high winds and even some thunder and lightning. This delayed everything at the yard. I got the interior sorted out and David got a start on installing our new davits (yippee) but we didn’t make much progress with the anti fouling. Sadly, Thursday is the yard’s big dinner and party of the year. They have cooked mounds of pork and more mounds of chicken, plus cooked potatoes, salads, cake and drinkies! This is in celebration of the Mug Race on Saturday. Everyone is looking very glum because the weather is truly foul – windy, very rainy, big puddles everywhere and a small craft warning for the next few days. Mother Nature certainly is being capricious and contrary. But the party must go on!

We wiled away the time with trips to St Augustine, such a charming town. We also paddled about the yard and did what projects we could – oh and we chased leaks! Life on the hard – another new experience. It really is like camping – remember when you went camping as a kid and had to go to a shack to use the washroom or brush your teeth and wash your dishes in a bucket?
On Sunday the weather began to clear and the do-it-yourself yard slowly came back to life. Sunday I cleaned the hull and taped for the anti fouling. David prepped the bottom for anti fouling. Monday we did the anti fouling, with a minimum of mess. We did various other prep jobs while waiting to go in the water. David worked on installing our new dinghy davits and I dug out old caulking on the eyebrow which we think (hope) is the main culprit of our leaks. Wednesday was a big day – we went back in the water!! All good. Now we are just waiting for a part for the new davits and we will be off. I am still digging caulking out of the eyebrow to re-caulk. The midday heat is too much for me so I hide then and do inside stuff. Right now we are in a really neat little coffee shop with good wifi and AC!!

Assuming the davit part arrives tomorrow, we will set off tomorrow. Nice to be afloat, it will be even better to get going!

Party in the downpour

Party in the downpour

D working on the davit

D working on the davit

Dennis driving the travel lift

Dennis driving the travel lift

lookin good

lookin good

getting her feet (keel) wet!

getting her feet (keel) wet!

OK - this needs a description - this is a rocket fuel booster that is headed for a museum!

OK – this needs a description – this is a rocket fuel booster that is headed for a museum!

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