But I can say proudly that today April 7th, 2015 around 8am the beautiful s/v Nemetona touched water for the first time since last fall.
This feat took the will power of one determined man withstanding bitter cold temps armed only with a tiny space heater. With the boat completely emptied out of cushions and luxury items....David amazingly and faithfully went to the boat whenever possible to get through our massive Boat prep check list.
(Mind you this Boat prep checklist was just to get her in the water...we still have about 2 other boat checklists hanging on our wall!)
This winter David did the following
- Remove Water heater (which meant cutting out part of the bed frame to make this possible)
- Paint bilge area
- Drill a new through hole, (fill, patch, sand, seal and paint)
- Back fill a through hole (fill, Patch, sand, seal and paint)
- Replace about 3 through holes (sand, seal and paint)
- Prep area for fuel filtration system
- Prep areas for water maker system
- Reattach hoses
- Reattach wet exhaust system
- Sand bottom of the boat
- First coat of anti foul painted on
Then in the last week and a half together we have been (in the somewhat warmer though damper weather)
- Grinding down spots on the bottom of the boat
- Wiping bottom clean with 216
- Wash off and dry topsides
- Compound and polish sides
- Wax on and Wax off sides
- Washed and Waxed the green waterline
- Waxed the spot we could not reach from the scaffolding and some really dirty spots in the cockpit/companion way and transom. (It was also a test to see if the large buffer could be used in these areas when she is in the water, without spattering polish everywhere.....confirmed. Yeah)
Again I am sure David has done an enormous amount of work other than what is listed here...but just thought I would document at least some of the hard/complicated work that has been done to the boat since January. I hope to someday to get a listing of all the upgrades and changes we have done to her.
As my friend John says, just keep picking at the mountain. Each and every moment find something to do that reduces the size of the mountain and in time it will be 'moved'.
In our case it will be 'sailing'.