The hot summer heat on the boat does damage inside and out. Our rolled up inflatable paddle board got a hole in it that is not fixable. I used it for four seasons and almost every day so it was loved and used often. Now that the boat is in the water we needed a new one. Paul ventured out to West Marine and got a very good Black Friday deal. Less than half price and got a paddle to go with it. Now how do you get a board (that is not an inflatable) to the boat?? There were no trucks to rent at the usual place we go to. Paul waited until he saw another customer arrive in a pick up truck. He was bold enough to ask if he wanted to make an extra $30 and drive this board to the marina for us. Turns out he would like to make that extra money. He was a police officer as it turns out. This morning was my first time this year going down the canals near this marina. I didn't see any manatee this time but hopefully next time.
I had to wear long sleeves because it was cool when I ventured out, but boy oh boy.... I was sweating on the way back!
We are finally in the water after many weeks of labour (of love). We did fibreglass for the first time and I am glad that is over. We were outfitted for stuff like that in the hot sun! These painter suits were not breathable that they claimed to be on the package! I sweated in places I didn't know about.
Boat freshly painted and in the lift to go into the water
Notice there is no bimini on top? We struggled and finally got the bimini up however two days later a big storm of rain and wind came overnight. There was no bimini up there in the morning when we arrived and even most of the pieces were gone!! Paul walked all around to other boats to see if near them to no avail. The stainless steel frame even got bent and whacked out of shape. Not fixable. Boat does stand for Bring Out Another Thousand, now it is BOATT, bring out another Ten Thousand. Now we will rethink about a hard top up there with side curtains. Paul can put the solar panels on that. Will keep you posted on that. We just didn't expect this work project and because of the storm and all the boat damage we would have to be on a wait list for awhile probably.
Paul's back is not good when we did the last set of batteries (see picture from post before). So, I crawled into the engine room and took out the rest of the batteries, to the cockpit, to the swim platform down to earth, then to the trunk of the car. We brought them all to Sam's Club and replaced them. I Lugged them in on a cart and bought the newest we can find. Paul has his handy battery tester to make sure they are good before we lug them back the same way. We have to start the year off well. Needless to say, I have not done any weight lifting on these days. One Thousand pounds of batteries! The good news is I know exactly where all these batteries are and the work Paul has done in the past. However, no pastries, if I gain a few pounds I won't fit into the tight spots I have to get into.
Behind out boat is this 16 " diameter land turtle. I fed bread to it the other day but just the red ants liked that. Today I brought lettuce, this turtle gobbled it up. She is starting to recognize me. I will go again tomorrow with other compost stuff.
Our filter for the generator wasn't tight enough and we had some diesel dripping all summer into the engine room, smelly! I googled what to do and to put kitty litter into containers all around the engine room. I put two already and once batteries all wired up, I will put more. The bucket looks pretty handy!
Super hot down here and we hear the temperatures up north getting cold.
Will be splashing into the water end of next week,