Getting Ready to be Hauled Out
16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
We enjoyed a lovely leisurely couple of days sailing down to Grenada from Bequia, arriving on Palm Sunday.
“You know Moby, the winds in Prickly Bay are always howling. We could go ahead and try to get the sails down now.”
“That’s not a bad idea,” Moby responded. “It’d be pretty calm in Grande Anse.”
“Last year, if you remember, we practically sailed away at anchor when we were raising the sails so that we could drop them on deck and fold them up.”
Not an easy feat since our jib is 150%, which is huge. So to drop the sail and then fold it on the two foot wide side deck, while underway with our mainsail still up, was great to have behind us before we’d even dropped anchor.
Lots of work involved to get ready for being hauled. Moby spent yesterday removing halyards and putting away jib sheets and other lines, cleaning out the water tanks and doing other jobs too numerous to mention while I wiped down every inch of our interior teak and scrubbed the cabin ceiling with a vinegar/water solution to remove any mildew.
“Maybe I should be GoPro videotaping this,” Moby laughed as he watched me plop down on a ziplock bag filled with clothes to vacuum seal the pack.
“This is the Barbara Hufsmith method of packing.” I responded, “It is meant to be very efficient in saving space.”
Today we need to take down and thoroughly scrub the bimini and dodger and polish all the stainless framework. The To Do list is endless, but we are getting hauled out at 8 AM tomorrow, Wed, so we have to keep plugging.
As long as I still have time for my swim to the beach and back. That’s what I’ll miss most when we return to Rochester. The warm Caribbean waters.