Work and Life in a Cradle
05 July 2018 | Raiatea Carenage, Raiatea
Red Hot Bill
We had stayed Tuesday night at Apooiti Bay, on a mooring. When we're there, although it's US$27/night, we do get hot water showers: that's worth a lot.
We had made arrangements to get the boat pulled from the water on Wednesday morning, but we had also decided it would be easier to get our jib repaired by Madame Faux if we got it to her while were in Apooiti: that's where her shop is, after all. The wind was still fierce on Tuesday, and into the evening so we made plans to arise early and see if we could drop the jib before the day's breezes began, and so we did. Whew! We used a halyard to move the heavy jib into the dinghy and motored to the dinghy dock to meet with Madame Faux, the sailmaker. She's fabricated a lot of stuff for us through the years, and it's been high quality, done on time, but never cheap. The material, alone, is expensive this far out, and she does superb work.
We delivered the jib to her and then brought her back to the boat to describe some projects that we wanted her to do for us. She's a trooper and has no qualms about jumping into a dinghy and then onto a strange boat. Measurements done, we delivered her to shore and motored to the Carenage. After some messing around, they got us out of the water and into a cradle by 1100 hours, and here we sit. We've become adept at the process of preparing the boat for getting pulled: removing the jib (done anyway, this time) and removing the forestay, preparing dock lines and fenders, and getting the boat through a coral garden and into the tiny slip for pulling.
It's SO HOT! With the hull in hot air and with little breeze, we've just been drenched with sweat and dehydrated. Tomorrow night, we move into the Pension and have a car so that we can get money, but the past nights in the yard have been sweltering and with NO BEER! Now THAT'S a problem! Of course we have cold showers here, and that's something, but a very cold beer at the end of the day would be very nice indeed.
By this time tomorrow, we'll have moved into the Pension, have a vehicle so that we can get supplies and money, and have purchased some Hinano...COLD HInano!