|This has been a long time coming.|
We did not get to this point without some very hard and sweaty work. Since making it to Savannah we have scrubbed every inch of her from the top of the mast to the bottom of the keel. We also made a few improvements along the way now that we've had a season (and then some) to figure her out.
As you can see, she's got a fresh coat of bottom paint and is ready for the water.
To give you an idea of what we were able to accomplish, here's a before and after the cleansing that really shows you how far she has come.
Overall one of the biggest improvement came from one of the most unlikely of sources, the motor.
Those of you who read this blog might remember the Shear Pin Incident of 2011, but for those of you who missed that glorious day let's just say that it did not end well thanks to this 50 pounds of metal. But since we have done everything short of an exorcism to this motor I can easily say that it's now one of the more solid pieces of equipment on the boat. Who knows, it might even make it away from the dock before it causes issues this time around.
|My old arch enemy & now trusted ally|
Now that we had her in shipshape it was time to get her to the water. This turned out to be easy enough thanks to our pals at U-Haul and a few dollar bills. I have to say that you get some rather odd looks as you are towing at 22' sailboat through the historic streets of Savannah. I was not really sure if people were jealous, curious, or just concerned for our wellbeing, but at least they stayed out of our way for the most part.
By the time we got her to the marina it was all downhill from there. It was almost like she knew we were getting closer and was doing her part to get home. All went well at the lift and before we could snap too many pictures it was once again time for her first few hundred yards upriver for the season to Sail Harbor Marina and her home for the season. Unlike the last few times she's made this trip, this one was quite enjoyable with everyone in a numb like state of disbelief that the Buena Vista was actually in salt water again.
|This amount of joy is typically not expressed at this stage of the process.|
Once we got her safely to Sail Harbor all that was left to do was step the mast before she was ready for the open seas. This as we all know is much easier said than done, but thankfully my parents were able to make it down at the last minute for this momentous occasion.