I had an exciting birthday this year. We hauled Savannah out, here in Yap. I can’t tell you how nervous I was. First off, it’s a railroad type device that goes down into the water and then pulls the boat out. I’ve never seen that done, so having no experience, I’m automatically nervous. Secondly, it’s not wide enough for us, so we were going up sideways. And third, we’re in a place where they’ve only hauled out four sailboats…ever. There are fourths, fifths and sixths (no insurance – us or Yap in general for example), but you get the idea.
We had lots of volunteers to help us and Andy had done some very careful planning on exactly how we were going to get this thing done. With the winds blowing while trying to get into some tight spaces combined with people from four different countries (and languages) helping, communication was key. We had a few missteps along the way, but they weren’t major. In the end, it all went pretty smoothly. So we’re up out of the water now. She’s been hydro-blasted and Andy and Jake are in the process of sanding now. Hopefully we’ll start painting tomorrow and we’ll be back in the water by the weekend.
Happy Birthday to me!
|Andy's measurements were spot on for not running into the wall!|