We found out at the beginning of the week that our hopes of getting Tahina back in the water by the end of this week were dashed. First, we already suspected the weather was going to prevent the painting on Tahina’s hull bottoms. Which is true. Second, there is a backlog of boats wanting to haul or go back in the water. So, the nearest date they could book us is next Friday – 6th of May. We are bummed to have to wait another week in the boatyard, but there is still plenty to do, and Tahina will be that much cleaner and better for the extra time. Our stress levels are a little lower thanks to the extra time as well.
This week has already been quite productive. Here are some highlights:
The engine guy came and finished the work on the generator. In addition to a tune up, it needed a thorough clean-up because of a leak that had developed in some of the hoses. Also, we discovered some of the issues leading to our raw water impellers failing too early and resolved them. He also lowered our coolant overflow tank which was too high, and replaced some hoses. The props and zincs were also put back on, so the engines are all set for a sea trial when we get back in the water. All the work was done by Russell of RJ Services here at the boatyard. He is an experienced professional, and I picked up a lot of useful tips from him.
We took our main sail cover into Doyle Sails and they did repairs on it with same-day service. This enabled us to get it back on the next morning which was the only day with light winds forecasted this week. The procedure to put it back on went more quickly since we now knew what we were doing. We got a new zipper for the cover, so it should serve us well the next season or three.
The hull sides have now been cleaned and waxed, so those parts are looking shiny. I’ve also been gradually shining stainless all over the boat and things are looking good there too. The big job left for us will be cleaning and waxing the tops. But, we don’t want to start that until we are closer to leaving the yard. We have also been cleaning all the bilges and cleaning and treating the internal thru-hull fittings. Not so fun.
Still plenty of little projects. But, we’re getting to the point where jobs left are things we can do after the boatyard. So, that’s a good thing. Next week Karen will start going to the stores to provision our foods and supplies for the next few months. We also have to get the car sold soon. Another little challenge.