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sailing and diving around the world
The day finally arrived! It was starting to get a little tiring, just sitting on the boat, out at anchor. Hey, doing work on the boat, maintaining it by painting the bottom from time to time, is absolutely necessary, but we're itching to get heading to Curacao. Now that we're on the hard, we have five days, or so, to complete the work. So, theoretically, we could be heading for Curacao on Monday. We'll see.
Anyway, I filmed and took a few pictures of the event. Everything went smoothly, and there was no unexpected damage or corrosion below the waterline. This morning, we were called on the vhf radio, by someone from Power Boats boatyard, telling us that we need to be at the haul-out dock. So, we set up two stern lines and two bow lines, raised anchor, and headed over. We reversed into the slip, told the travel lift operator where the lift points were, he dropped the lift bands into the water, pulled the lift forward til the two bands were under the boat, one just in front of the mast, and one just behind the prop, and out she came.
The whole operation went off without a hitch, and it took only twenty minutes to lift it out. As you'll see in the photos, the boat was pretty dirty below the water line, but after we scraped all the barnacles and moss off, and the power washer had a go, she looked a lot better. And smelled better, too. They put us in a spot very close to the water, where all the shops and restaurants are. Perfect. I would suggest, however, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts. As you're scraping the barnacles away, you're turning them into a fine cloud of bacteria-laden dust, that fall onto your skin. Not only is it very itchy, but the barnacles are full of bacteria. You're also breathing the stuff, so you might even want to wear a mask.