On the Hard
31 May 2019 | Indiantown
Sally Stearns | Hot and Sunny
Haul Out went off without a hitch. The bottom looked better than we had expected but it was definitely dirty. They had to scrape it to get all the St Lucie River crud. They also power washed the bottom before moving Light Reach to her summer home. I stayed in the marina lounge while Scott watched them move her to the yard where they blocked and leveled her. She’s up in the main yard this year surrounded by other Pacific Seacrafts and Island Packets.
We settled into the condo although it looks like a storage loft. Sails, cushions, canvas and gear are stuffed into every closet, nook and corner. It makes me wonder how we find spots for it all on the boat!
Since haul out I’ve been working on making covers for the teak. The sewing machine has been humming along. I used the material from the old dodger to construct some covers for the toe rails. There wasn’t nearly enough material to do both rails, I calculated 45 ft per side at 12 inches wide to insure the material covered the entire rail and could be clamped in place. There isn’t any good way to attach the fabric over the rails so we went to Harbor Freight and bought clamps to clamp it into place. Instead of one solid piece we did it in sections which allowed us to cut notches where needed to accommodate blocks and stations. JoAnn’s had a great memorial day sale where we bought some Marine vinyl to use.
I had patterned the dorade boxes while we were still in Stuart and had enough scrap canvas to construct covers for both boxes. Still left todo are the grab rails, sissy bars and companion way hatch. I have enough of the Marine vinyl to cover those.
We went up this morning and continued to cover the toe rails. The port side is covered to the aft deck. I still need to cut two more pieces for starboard. And we need a piece for the stern. The dorade boxes are covered and look good. I want to get everything covered before we head to Hilton Head on June 9.
She’s been on the hard a little over a week now, I was pleasantly surprised at how good she looked below. It’s always a concern that the interior can become a petri dish. The outside decks are however a dirty mess. The yard is a dusty place and there doesn’t seem to be much of a way to keep the outside clean. We’ll cross that bridge in the fall.
The picture is of Light Reach in the slings before her scrape and shower. EWWWW