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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Life in the yard, Shelter Island Boat Yard, SD (Ginger)

We've been at the boatyard for over a week now and we were hauled on schedule first thing yesterday morning. Everyone in the yard has been great and we are happy to report that work is proceeding at a quick pace. Alex, the fiberglass artist, made a tent over the boat to keep off the morning dew that leaves everything soaking wet and any rain, though we haven't seen a drop since Seattle. He's been working hard all day and it's been hot here in the yard. Peter spent all day yesterday polishing the propellor and it looks like new. I got out my calendar from last year and we hauled our boat last September 24. In the water for almost exactly a year and all the hard work grinding the keel and re-sealing it paid off. It looks great. We went to Downwind Marine several times today for various items and Peter greased the prop. Our touch-up/polish jobs are almost done so we'll be ready whenever they're ready to put the boat back in the water. Last night Peter and I went to Old Town to meet Kathy (my former boss) for dinner. We had a really nice dinner with Kathy catching up on news and it was great to see so many Casey people including my Office Administrators and lots of HQ folks. I got no sympathy for my tales of how tough life as a vagabond is, and I can't say I miss the office.. but I sure miss my Casey friends!
About San Diego, I was told by a local to say nice things about this city..it would be hard to say anything but nice things. It's a great city for a boat. It's relatively small (compared to Seattle) and people are very friendly here. We have met really nice people everywhere we've gone. And the weather; there was an article in the paper that it might rain soon but we've seen nothing but blue skies. Great city planning located Balboa Park in the heart of the city, and there are 3 light rail lines. The public transportation involves a bit of walking or bus transfers but the systems are in place and we're excited to have our first ride on the light rail some time soon.
It's hard to cook in the boat yard with no water etc. so we took advantage of Taco Tuesday at the Brigantine down the street. Always looking for good happy hour appetizers. Tomorrow might be my day to make mosquito screens. We'll see if I'm able to create something that keeps out the bugs and stays up on the ports!



At 11:45 AM, Blogger Edie said...

The web site is looking great!! Keep those happy hour specials on your radar. I can hardly wait to explore culinary San Diego! xoxo E
PS Oh yeah, I found a quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain


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