Back in Texas
29 June 2014 | Clear Lake/Canyon Lake
July 26, 2014
We cannot say it was easy but it was far easier than sailing her back. Best we can tell, she hit about 63 knots to weather, with the assistance of a Peterbuilt. She arrived in good, not great, shape with several hull length scratches by oak on her starboard side. How do we know it was oak? Guessing that the 20 or so pounds of bark on deck would be a good indicator. Other than that, things went well. She gets a new bottom coat although the only sign that it is needed is on the keel. Thanks to Petit Trinadad paint which lasted three years in the water with some extended periods of just sitting, we will use it again. Yards are not speaking good things about the new (Eco friendly stuff) offerings. So, she gets a hull wax to fix the scratches, new bottom paint, new cutlass bearing and the other toe rail finished whilst in Houston.
The new phase of our cruising life starts when we finally get Why Knot back to her home port. Until then, she is in transit. Certainly, the transportation and maintenance work on both ends of the move have left the old cruising kitty a bit thin. Then again, the living costs for her is much less expensive than on the Atlantic. Why Knot will enjoy the added performance from being a few thousand pounds lighter. Certainly, we will enjoy cabins without gear stuffed to the overhead.
Photo is of a fourty five feet boat that made port just as we were leaving