This mornings lift was a success!! Now it's time to get to work! . . #boatlife️
Well, with the help a bulldozer, look who's floating again?!?! The guys at the yard are working on fixing the track today and we will try again tomorrow! . #boatlife️ #whateverfloatsyourboat
In continuing with our trend of disastrous haulouts, this time our haulout plans have quite literally been derailed! Pun intended! During our first attempt this morning (630am) to get out of the water, the track derailed. After trying to fix it for ages, we were no longer floating so officially stuck. At low tide, they checked the cradle and the surrounding area for rocks (another problem!) And everything looked good! Everyone reassembled tonight at 530 to give it another go! After reaching the high at 730pm, they had been unable to bring us up or float us so we could put the boat else where for the night. One of the guys had been in the freezing water for an hour (he was still in there when I left) and it just want working! Tomorrow is another day. Thankful that we are not staying on the boat. We will see what tricks they have in store for us tomorrow! . . #boatlife #thatisall
Proof that it's not always sunsets and beaches! Yesterday in preparation for our haulout, I had to check a weld that was done last time we were out, just to make sure it wasn't leaking. It wasn't! The haulout this morning did NOT go as planned. When do things ever go as planned for us!?!? Short story: we are stuck halfway up the slipway with the tide going out! Long story: another time!
This is how we sail! We sailed back to Bowen yesterday after a lovely week at Gloucester Island and have a HUGE week ahead of us! We are hauling the boat out of the water, dropping the prop, redoing the bottom paint and hoping that we don't find anything else wrong and that everything goes smoothly. I was trying to find an analogy to describe this momentous event to put it in perspective for non-boat people. Bryce suggested it's like your house gets termites every 18 months and having to treat them yourself while paying for the privilege! Can any cruisers think of a different way to try and capture the magic that is a haul out?
There are endless things to explore on the boat! Despite spending almost every morning and evening playing up on deck, she just discovered the dorades this evening! . . . #boatbaby #childhoodunplugged #outsideeveryday #letthembefree #freetoexplore #youngminds
This was how we spent our afternoon! The large rock made the perfect shade for our sandpit that was filled with nice cool sand and lots of shells and coral to pile in our bucket (and dump out again)! Our tent extended the shaded play area! We were (wishfully) hoping to have naptime ashore so the grown-ups could play cards but there was not a chance! Too much to do! . #puremagic #cruisinglife #whatdreamsaremadeof
This island has the best shells I've ever seen anywhere! . I ran into the same tree branch twice this morning because I was so busy looking at the amazing shells and coral. . #sadbuttrue #shells #naturelover #outsideeveryday
The best way to spend the morning!!!!🐚🌴🌊 It's always a race for us to get up, have breakfast and head ashore before naptime but we make it happen!