It’s that time again, time to haul out and put Salty up on the dry. We all hate being high and dry. I personally hate it because we can’t use the heads, showers and soo much mud gets tracked into the boat. The girls hate it, they feel trapped on the boat because it’s a lot harder to go up and down a ladder than just a simple jump to the dock. Crew hates it because I keep the companionway door closed all the time. For some reason I think it’s more dangerous for him to fall 30’ to the ground than sink 15’ to the river bed. Carl hates it because we always seem to be in a rush to get projects completed and knows that yard time makes me GRUMPY!
Other negatives is that we don’t have the water to cool down the boat during the day. Also there are bright orange flood lights now at my eye level when I’m trying to sleep. Gosh there are soo many annoying aspects of being stuck up in the air on flimsy looking stands. I can feel the wind blowing us and maybe I’ll wake in the middle of the night on our side. The girls keep accidentally using the heads. I can’t use my washing machine and don’t even talk to me about getting groceries up a ladder! The list goes on.
But in this rant there’s a least one positive, we’re closer to the showers and the girls are loving it. I don’t think they’ve ever been so clean, they stand under the water and giggle until there’s no more hot water left. I’d still give up that daily hot shower to be back in the water. Our girls have the bladder of well a kid and I find myself hanging out in the bathroom every 30 minutes. Maybe I’ll leave a book in there so every time i have to escort them in I’ll at least have some chill time.
So why are we high and dry? Well our bottom job from our yard time in Newfoundland didn’t weather too well, we think it’s because of the wet conditions in which we painted in. So we’re sanding down a little and re-applying hull paint. This also gives us a good time to check out the thru holes before we depart north, Carl has already informed me that he will NOT be getting in the water up north unless it’s an emergency. We also plan on doing some grinding to the bilges and we need them to be dry to do this. Now don’t be thinking we get water in our bilges, we are proud of our dry boat, it’s the condensation caused by the cold water up here. Being out of the water will give us the time needed to stop the condensation and grind. On another note, Carl has finally fixed (which I thought the un-fixable) the condensation from the hatches by foaming around them. Brilliant man of mine!
Next week you will be finding me and the kids in bookstores, on the beach, at the park and of course in the bathroom. We’ll be using any excuse to get off the boat and away from grinding and jack hammering that will be going on in the bilges.
Holiday Inn, Sheraton and any other fine hotel chain (Motel 6 need not apply) if you are reading this, please give us room and board.