I would have much preferred to keep her in the water over the winter. Having coffee in the wheel house on a winter morning, while looking out on a harbor scape sure did sound appealing, but my wanting to see how the below the water line hull fared during her first season was more important. I'm happy to say that the hull looked good, with no sings of electrolysis or failure of the barrier paint. The only below the water line issue I saw was where I did not get a good enough scuff on the barrier coat to give enough tooth for the anti foul to be able to bond. On advice from the boat yard paint guru, I'm going to spot sand the areas where the anti foul was blown off by the power washer and re coat those areas only.
The cruise down to the haul out yard was done with my 17 year old daughter on a drop dead gorgeous fall day. I recorded a short video of our "three hour tour" so that when the winter blues has found me, I'll have this nice video reminder of a great day to cheer me up.
There are some big projects that need to be done on the boat build this winter to get her to a more finished state, but they will have to be worked in with some renovations we'll be doing on the house. My goals for the boat build this winter are to install the mast and boom so we can carry a dinghy on the roof. Complete the hydraulic system so I don't have to hoist the anchor by hand next year and also have the bow thruster operational. The air conditioners are on board, but have not been hooked up, so that's a biggie on the lists. While I'm up on the lid working on the mast, I also want to fabricate the hand rails for the salon lid.
The next weekend will be spent winterizing her, and after that a few projects around the house need to get finished. We have plans to take a few extended cruises next season, and getting my list checked off is going to be tight given that my launch date is only seven months away. Sound familiar?