Short-Timers!

We’re “officially” short-timers!   Time is getting closer to returning to s/v Winterlude, currently on the hard at Marathon Boat Yard in the Florida Keys!  We’re excited, although, as usual, we’re not entirely sure about where our cruising plans for the winter may take us – wherever the warm winds blow?

Winterlude in Savannah Bight, Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras -- anchored at Josh Cay to be exact.  Oh to be there now....

Winterlude in Savannah Bight, Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras — anchored at Josh Cay to be exact. Oh to be there now….

Part of it may depend on if the boat is fully functional when splashed and all the work we’ve been having done hasn’t caused other issues — the one I’m particularly worried about is the below decks autopilot and all the work that’s being done dropping the rudder and removing the steering quadrant to fix 30 year old rust issues.

Boat's waiting, not so patiently for our return....

Boat’s waiting, not so patiently for our return….

RIP to our 30 year old Hurth V-Drive transmission

RIP to our 30 year old Hurth V-Drive transmission

I’m also a bit concerned about when our new transmission might arrive — it was due on September 15, but guess what …  no new transmission.  From scuttlebutt we’re hearing from others in south Florida, we’re not the only one waiting…   Being a Type A personality, waiting doesn’t suit me, even if we’re not planning to return quite yet.

So I’ll call the boatyard again today (squeaky wheel gets the grease?) for my weekly check-in and maybe find out an updated status on the transmission and rudder – the two issues currently delaying the process.  After they’re resolved, all that remains is to pick a bottom paint and finish the bottom – but that’s a last minute job.

Another sailing season about to begin!   🙂 🙂 🙂

Comments

  1. The water in that first photo looks as if it had been painted by Van Gogh.

    Your concerns with the coming launch notwithstanding, your excitement at the prospect of your next season is palpable. We hope to match your fire as we get ready to sail south for our first season.

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