LB on the Hard
30 October 2017 | Turner Marine on the Dog Rover, Mobile, AL
After the cold front BEAUTIFULL
LB came out of the water this afternoon. To our surprise and many of the onlookers the bottom was clean. Just a quick once over with a pressure wash and she was good to go. Pettit Hydrocoat was painted on two years ago and it was still doing its job while on Lake Michigan and down the rivers. Not too shabby don'tcha know?
So let's talk about people. Last evening we hosted a get together of two other couples. The Scotts and the Popes. One sail boat one power boat, are we being boating correct or what? The Scotts, Karen and Leon, on Scott Free are from Vancouver, CA. They trucked their boat to the North Channel and having done the Great Lakes, the inland rivers are here now and will head home returning in mid-January. The Popes, Jenny and Glen, on ZoBe a sail boat, are here planning on spending the winter in New Orleans.
Alice and I are learning that many of the people we've met are InterCoastal Waterway type folks. They really aren't interested in going offshore unless they have to. They look at us who want the open waters and the sense of safety and freedom as being different and ask don't we worry? We tell them we are good planners, we watch the weather using all the tools available and that we think the most dangerous aspects of boating are shallow water, current in tight spaces and docks. Eventually you have to head for a shore, hopefully one with deep water, lots of maneuvering room and easy access to a floating dock. Unfortunately, not all those pieces come together at the right time so as captain I have to figure out a plan that protects Alice, me and LB. It's not always easy and I will back off, turn around and stop if I can't see my way to getting LB safely docked. Wind, depth and current can help or create a disaster. The key to success is to call it right.
Tomorrow we start sanding LB's bottom. She such a great gal Alice and I want her to feel the beauty she represents. I know that sounds kind of silly but just for a moment think about your lives depending on this 42 foot boat that provides comfort, safety and world class experiences. Wouldn't you want to treat her like a member of the family?
We are adding 150 watts of new solar power, new rail mounts for the Yahama outboard motor, new LED lights for our aft cabin, new bottom paint, new Isiteek for the cockpit, repairs to our tank monitor, new batteries, house and start, we've had the alternator checked out, we will wax and polish LB's topsides, varnish her hand rails, sand and varnish the cockpit table, change the oil and filters, buy an inventory of engine and watermaker filters and at the same time make time for us. You see, Alice and I are in love, we care deeply for each other and we compliment each other incredibly well. I certainly don't have all the answers, Alice has this wonderful ability to focus, to analyze and to see a solution that works. I'm smart enough to listen.......
So our next week or so is fixed. We work hard to be able to go forward on our journey. Peace to all.