It's a hard, hard life -- Life on the Hard
10 November 2010 | Boatyard in Puerto Escondido
That's the title of one of the humorous cruising songs by Eileen Quinn -- Life on the Hard. That's what cruiser's call being hauled out of the water for boat work and it is certainly different than life on the water.
A boat out of water feels so strange -- it looses all it's life. Then there's the fact that you are "up in the air" as the boat sits on stands and you have to climb a ladder to get on and off -- which isn't one of my favorite things.
Back home in the States when we'd haul the boat out we would stay somewhere else, like a motel, while it was out of the water. But here (as was the case when we were on the hard in Tahiti and Fiji) there isn't a motel close enough for us to stay since we don't have a car to get to and from the boat easily. So it's Life on the Hard for the Cetus Crew.
It's a bit like camping since the water systems can't be used, so we have to leave the boat to use the restrooms, showers and wash out dishes. But one big benefit is I don't want to dirty a lot of dishes so we eat dinner at the nice restaurant here at the marina. That's not so hard.
All the work projects have gone well. Terry's got his projects done that involve the trough holes and is now just waxing the hull and painting the rub rail. I got the bottom paint all done and polished the brass prop. Hopefully we will go back in the water tomorrow and Cetus can come to life again. It's really not such a hard, hard life.