Having discovered in Boqueron that our cutlass bearing on our boat was traveling around on its own, Eben knew we had to haul out, asap. I don’t quite understand what the piece does or why it should be staying put, but seeing Eben’s stress levels spike I knew it was something important. From Boqueron we pretty much booked it to St Thomas, the closest haul out where we wouldn’t have customs issues, minus our short stop in Culebra. During that short stop we took advantage of being close to the West Marine in Fajardo to pick up some bottom paint, because if we were going to be hauling out, why not kill two birds with one stone.
It took us about a week on the hard, and we got everything done that we wanted. Plus a few little extras. As an early Christmas gift Eben painted our boat logo on the front of the boat for me. It looks amazing and I am so happy with it. But we also had an unfortunate event at the last minute. When Eben was peeling off the painters tape from just above the water line, the white stripe decided to come off with it, in some hefty chunks. We were too close to being put back in the water to fix it so we left it as is and will come up with some sort of cosmetic solution to make it look alright, like either white-out or a stripe of reflective tape. The latter most likely a better solution.
Eben worked super hard that entire week trying to get us back in to the water as soon as possible and save us too many boatyard fees. The Independent boat yard haul out people were really nice with us and helped us out where ever they could. We were very happy with their services, their costs (given where we are, everything is $$$ in the Virgin Islands), and really professional. The whole experience was quick, efficient, but man are we glad to be back in the water, away from all those mosquitoes!
|My surprise boat design addition|
|The finished result of the logo|
|going back in|