Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gettin' Much Closer to Gettin' Goin'

Oh boy. We are getting much closer to getting on the boat and heading on down the river to much warmer weather south of here.

After much ballyhoo we finally got all of our registration stuff straightened out with the state of Missouri and Why Knot is now officially a Missouri boat. Because of that we wanted to get the transom changed to reflect our correct home port of St. Louis. That involved getting the boat hauled out at Port Charles. So far so good. And since we had the boat out we also seriously looked at the possibility of needing to get a new bottom job. For those that don't know what a bottom job is it entails the part of the boat that is below the waterline get scraped and ground to get any crud off as well as get rid of any bubbles that formed when water would seep into the bottom coatings. Then a thick paint is applied to act as protection against such a harsh environment. We fully expected that it would need to be done but low and behold the assessment was that it did not as the most recent coating was of such a high quality that the bottom was virtually unblemished. According to the worker at the yard the existing coating was done by "someone that really knew what they were doing" and was probably very expensive. He pointed out that directly below the green outer paint there was an obvious layer of an epoxy coating that was in very good shape. Now I don't know enough about bottom coatings to know if this epoxy is normal but it made all the difference on our boat. The transom repainting and letter will get done sometime before Friday and the boat will be splashed (put back in the water) sometime this weekend. Yay!

We have also been following the devastation of the eastern US coast by Hurricane Sandy very closely, and we have both been moved by it. Because we have recently been to these places it became very personal to us. The pictures and videos from New Jersey have been shocking. I just watched a news report from Mannesquan, NJ and the reporter on the scene was on the outskirts about to enter. He was told that it was pretty much destroyed. Having been there we can certainly believe it. He was standing on the destroyed railroad right of way of the commuter train line that went right up through the town crossing a rail draw bridge that cuts across the harbor. There were boats on the railroad right-of-way. And we saw lots of pictures of boats in places where they shouldn't be. Terrible.

So our todo list is getting shorter and shorter. The shorter it gets the closer we are to casting off once again.

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