05/06/2005: "Another perfect day!"
After god knows how many sleepless nights dreading getting my boat hauled and having to paint it and all that crap, I finally got it done today. My friend Karen who is incredible and used to pilot ice breakers in Antarctica helped me motor over to the harbor where I was to have it hauled.
Even though I didn't want to do all of the manuvering myself, she made me, but talked me through it. First I had to tie up next to a couple of cute, shirtless fishermen. Next I had to motor out of the harbor and back in again, in between the pilings where they had the sling that would lift me out of the water. Then we had to walk a gang plank from the boat to the very high dock...it was all quite the ordeal but Karen is such a calm and self-assured person that I was able to do it without much thought.
After the boat was hauled they discovered the bottom looked pretty good, not much growth or flaking and the zincs were still ok. So....the guy convinced me to just relaunch without painting or anything. Karen agreed with his assessment. This has saved me about $600 dollars I would have had to charge for the paint and having her dry docked in order to paint her.
I am so happy right now...after we motored back to the Douglas harbor we went out for beers at the BreakWater, a nautically themed bar that overlooks the Harris harbor where all the sailors go after a day out on the water. What a perfect end to a perfect day! Tonight I'm going to see if I can get my new drawing tablet functional and work on a book cover I'm doing for my friend Suzana which is due on Monday.
Life is good.