My Italian lifestyle has been interrupted by legal technicalities of residency that require my presence and attention stateside. What I thought would be a several year residency abroad has quickly turned into a return to our home here and back to a routine of caring for home and sailboat with visits to Italy with the First Mate.
I've lived a "circus" style life as far back as I can recall. Growing up in the military and having a military career, I'm well acquainted with what uniformed folks call a "change of mission." This isn't something people enjoy but military folks soon learn to drop what they're doing and attend to whatever issue or change must occur in order to continue to function and win a battle etc. For us, it was easy for the First Mate to tell me "change of mission" get back to Carolina, take care of the home base and get s/v Nautica back in the water. Yes ma'am, I replied, and off into the sky on a one-way ticket for a change of mission!
As soon as I had my orders from the First Mate I looked at the weather models for a hurricane moving its way into the Lesser Antilles and then possibly pointing towards the SouthEast USA. Good grief, just in time for some havoc, I thought, and secured my seat assignment and huddled into my seat for a long 11 hour trudge above and across the Atlantic Ocean. After 3 movies and some sad looks from a Black Labrador service dog lying on the deck next to me, we de-planed and began the refugee sort of chase for baggage and rides that go with weary travelling.
Another short leg to South Carolina took most of the gas out of my tank and I stumbled into the house a very weary traveler and slept well...for three hours. Then up. I don't like this travel thing. But as the jet lag wore off I eventually began to prioritize my return to s/v Nautica, with one eye on the NOAA charts and another on her condition on the hard.
This post is still pre-hurricane arrival. As in so many other instances, my protocol is to head to the sailing club and check on Nautica.
This check will be to insure all things near the vessel are moved away so there's no chance of structures hitting the vessel. I will also recheck all tie-downs and tire blocks. But really, I just want to get over to her and give her a good pat on the stern and let her know Le Skeep is back!
|This setup has endured the past 15 months. Always good to recheck everything anyway.|
Our house sitter was kind enough to get a couple of snaps of the Alberg on her visit to our home. These were a couple of weeks back before the aforementioned hurricane had formed.
|Our friends have all been by to tug on her stays and look around at her situation. They've all signed off that she's looking well preserved under her full tarp and incredibly strong trailer. That trailer needs its own zip code it's so big.|
Hurricane Dorian is giving fits to the southeast, as it has slowed to a crawl in Florida. But we do expect its arrival here eventually. A check on the boat revealed she's about as ready as she can be. She's weathered a year of storms already. Hopefully the blow at our grid won't be damaging. Falling trees are our biggest concern.
Examination of under the tarp revealed a very clean deck overall and screen still stuffed into the deck vent to prohibit critters entry. I could only check one, so am hedging my bets that it's working elsewhere as well.
At this point, I am examining the possibilities of some major exterior hull work to reput the bottom paint at minimum and perhaps to have the above the water-line redone professionally. Looking at quotes. The bottom needs scraping, sanding and resurfacing with VC17 to be sure.
Hopefully we can all avoid the worst of the impending hurricane and wish to those on the coast best protections work well and keep their vessels safe too.
|A January sail in 2018 with light breezes and not another vessel in sight.|