Turner Marine Update
09 November 2017 | Turner Marine on the Dog Rover, Mobile, AL
We were supposed to splash on Wednesday, here it is Thursday and LB is still on the hard. I ordered two gallons of bottom paint and then thought we might need one more so I placed the order. The first two showed up and sure enough two wasn't quite enough. Where was the third gallon? We waited another day and still no delivery. I called and learned that UPS had damaged the can and filed a claim report, darn! So the supplier was supportive enough to find another shipping point, this time in Atlanta and sent us a gallon overnight. Yup it arrived this morning and despite the cold, clouds and wind, Alice and I were determined to give LB a second coating of this special Pettit Ultima Sr 60 paint. So now here we are, paint on, pads moved and painted, topsides waxed and looking fantastic. You know the wet look when you spray your topsides and they look so smooth and reflect so clearly, well that's way LB looks like now. Alice and I spent the better part of two days washing, scrubbing and then waxing our old girl.
Today the new diesel tank float sensor arrived so I can more reliably count on the tank monitors reading. I installed it without any problems.
We are hopeful that Turner will splash LB tomorrow and step the mast. It's cold here tonight and the paint dries much slower in cold temps. The travel lift guy is a real pro and doesn't want to pick up LB unless the paint is fully cured. I've been in other yards where they launch without caring about the state of the paint and when the straps pull up on the hull they slide on the paint and can pull it away from the hull. Now that's a real ARG!! So this fellow is well aware of that issue and wants to check the paint before committing to picking up LB. Doesn't that make you feel good, it certainly makes me feel good. I will also put cardboard between the hull and the straps just to mitigate the paint scratching problem.
It's looking as there is a weather window for us next Tuesday to make to sail to Clearwater. There's a front, which many of you north of us are well aware of, passing by us this weekend bringing rather strong winds from the NE and E. Not so go for where we want to sail, especially the easterly component. After the front passes things settle down a bit and we just might find a two to three day window to make our first passage in the Gulf.
Every night we watch a movie. I installed a flat screen TV/DVD player in our aft cabin and it is the cats meow for these two old foggies. Alice got hooked on the series The Office. Laura, our oldest daughter gave us eight episodes and we've been watching them all the way from Chicago. It's a nice way to end the day, cuddled in blankets, comfortable, safe and enjoying what technology gives us. We don't need much, just a few little comforts elevating us above the camping level.
So...... tomorrow.... hopefully we are water bound again and WITH OUR MAST!!!
Cheers to all