We put it off as long as we could but finally couldn’t make any more excuses to haul Wondertime out of the water for some new bottom paint and a few other jobs. With only two more weeks until we depart, it was time to get it over with.
Haulouts are never fun: along with dropping $500 just to lift, store the boat on the hard for three days and relaunch, not to mention several more hundreds of dollars just for copper bottom paint it’s a painful time money-wise. Michael is officially unemployed now (yahoo!) so that means that he now gets to go to work with the nasty job of prepping and painting Wondertime’s bottom. And with hauling our two girls up and down the ladder in the toxic workyard not an option, we are pretty much rendered homeless (but as you’ll see in the photos below, we didn’t suffer too badly).
Michael worked non-stop for three days to sand, prep and paint the bottom, install the keel cooler for our new Vitrifrigo refrigeration system and replace the corroded head intake thru-hull. He worked right up until the travel lift came to splash us back in the water polishing the hull paint. Wondertime was looking mighty sparkly when she dipped her keel into the water again we think. Thankfully (except for the bottom paint not going as far as promised and having to rush to Fisheries in Seattle at 4 pm on Sunday to pick up another gallon) all went well during this haul. We are sure glad to get this major milestone checked off.