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Another haul out for you guys. Not much was going on with this one, though. We only needed to get her out of the water long enough to replace the transducer, the electronic device that allows us to know how deep the water is below the boat. The haul out was done by the guys at Washburn Boatyard, and, because changing a transducer doesn't normally take long, they simply left Namaste on the lift while the work was done. As soon as the transducer was installed, I gave it a couple of coats of bottom paint, and we were back in the water.
Funny thing happened with geese. These two stick together all the time. One of them seems to have damaged it's wings somehow, because they seem to stick out in that fixed position, permanently. Anyway, I was sitting at picnic table, and this two-goose phalanx started to muscle me. They were doing their low, warning throat sounds as they approached, moving their long necks up and down. I didn't move, and they didn't expect that, I guess. They stood looking at me for a moment, and I guess one of them honked to the other, "I guess I expected something different." One beat a sheepish retreat, and the other stood looking at me, for the longest time, before it also sauntered away.
There are videos of the haul-out coming. There isn't enough signal strength to upload them here in the boatyard marina, so I'll pop over to April's place, Hidden Harbor, and upload them there.
Hey everybody. We're finally splashing the boat today. The lift will put the boat back in the water at around 10:30am. The boat is finally ready to go. The hull has been painted with 2 coats of anti-fouling paint, and the teak decks and floors are done. A few osmosis blisters were found and filled in with apoxy sealer. Blisters are common in fiberglass boats. Microscopic water molecules get into and in between the fiberglass layers and begin to build up, creating these 'blisters.' Yacht owners freak out when they spot them. In our case, the blisters were small, so even though the hull had already been painted, we ground the blisters out with a machine and filled the small cavities with apoxy resin.
I would highly recommend getting a full-body suit and a face mask for the sanding part of the re-painting. The anti-fouling paint is really foul stuff. If you go slow with the roller when painting, you can get away with not using a suit.
The gentleman in the videos who is working with Mike to get us back in the water is Kern, of the lift operators. Very cool guy, and he's been with PB for 5 years. That piece of metal that you see him putting through the straps was a propeller shaft that was cut down into the required sizes.
Anyway, the boat looks good, and I can't wait to get going. We've been in Chagauramas way too long already.