As I sit here writing this we are going on night 3 in the arms of the travel lift. I wish I could tell you it was because we are about to be launched, but sadly it is just to be reblocked. This means that instead of one big piece of wood below our hull, we’ll be stacked about 3 high. This will allow us (or Jason, really) to more easily do the glass work on the bottom of the hull. While we’re not going in the water just yet, it does put us one step closer!

travel-lift-sailboat{The travel lift approaching}


{Steve from Cape Marina making sure our home is safe and sound.}

Typically a reblock is a quick process. They put you in the travel lift, hoist you up, add a few more blocks of wood and call it a day. Luckily the yard people over at Cape Marina are awesome and let us swing over night so that we could attempt to remove our centerboard and fix it up. Like most things with this boat, removal didn’t go according to plan and it turns out that our centerboard actually can’t be removed. Some genius glassed over the pins and didn’t expect anyone to want to or have to repair his shisty work in the future. So now we’re left having to repair the centerboard with it still installed. Lucky for us it has been incredibly slow business wise over here and we’re going on our third night up in the clouds. (The yard staff are really really really amazing.)


{We had to dig a hole just so we could extend the centerboard fully. Well, Jason dug, I took pictures.}


{See how nasty and pitted it was!?}

When we finally got it fully extended and examined it, it was incredibly pitted and in very poor condition. With the help of our friend Keith we deduced that the bottom paint originally used on the boat was pretty high in copper which caused some serious electrolysis with the metal (iron/lead?) centerboard. They also didn’t put in any zincs so it was in really bad shape. The centerboard is just about as good as its going to get and we’ll be able to cross off one more thing on our never ending repair list. Jason has done a really great job with it and it should get us through the next couple of years just fine.


{All smooth and pretty now. Yea!}

The centerboard was our last unexplored area of the boat for us to uncover (YEA!) so fingers crossed that we don’t encounter anymore surprises! We both are so tired of being in this yard and we just want to be able to get moving. We’re exhausted and just want our boat on the water.

On another note, I’ve been working inside hanging some of our maple panels (among other things) and cannot find about half of our trim. There are only so many places it can hide so I would really appreciate it making its appearance in the very near future. The optimist that I am (Ha!), I still believe that one project will go smoothly. You know, without me getting epoxy in my hair (true story) or slicing my finger (also true story) or half of my trim playing a game of hide and seek. Those kinds of things. Some day.

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  1. Tell me about it… Day three of ‘just’ bolting the chain plates on and I did cry (disguised by all the sweat dripping down my face struggling behind the cupboard in the head) One day our mast will go up but it’s not going to be tomorrow.

    Here’s hoping for no new nasty surprises for any of us, though acquiescing that they are inevitable.