We stored the inflatable on the foredeck covered for the winter and we removed that cover on Saturday. The tubes were still nice and firm although we had deflate the air floor last fall to help us get the the boat up on the deck. We're sure it will be fine for another season.
Our plan for summer is to position the boat farther forward in its slip so we can drop the inflatable from the davits on the swim platform and actually use it once in a while.
We're going to run the boat to Norwich with the inflatable right where it is now, so we selected some lines and figured out how we can tie it down.
We dragged out our "bottom painting" clothes for today. We won't nauseate you with what we looked like but we did get under the boat and rolled on some black bottom paint where it was needed. We don't get a lot of marine growth on the boat where we are in Norwich so painting the spots where the barrier coat was showing through isn't all that difficult, although crawling around under there isn't the highlight of our spring season.
We also loaded up our boat bag with a lot of the stuff that had accumulated during the winter. It's amazing how many parts ad tools there were. Before we left on Saturday, we sat down on the helm seat on the fly bridge for a few minutes and thought about turning those keys and waking up the two old ladies down in the engine space. They're aging nicely but we're sure they are as anxious to get underway as we are.
Sunday was cleaning dayThe drop-leaf table in our cabin is the winter workbench. Frances covers it thoroughly and by this time of the year, it has quite a collection of stuff on it. Today, all of that was sorted and put away or taken home. Beginning to look a little more like summer.
We also got out the shop vac and cleaned all the carpeting. It's just a 34 ft. boat but it's amazing how many little corners and spaces there are to vacuum. We shot some video of this process but it's too boring to bother with.
Before we left, we did shoot some video of what was today, a very busy place. Just one lane left for the many cars and trucks to get in and out. The river is at a normal level and a a few boats have been launched and are now gone. We understand that we're number 6 or 7 on the list to be launched so let's hope for some good weather this week.
We couldn't help but shoot a few shots of a 50 ft. Ocean that the bank repossessed this past week. We always hate to see anyone lose their boat but we guess that if you don't make the payments, that's what will happen. We understand that the bank is going to pay to have the boatyard launch the boat after which they will have a Captain take it south to Maryland for auction. Too much boat for us.