Thursday, January 19, 2017
Durban: even cheaper
Almost 6 p.m. and GANNET’s Great Cabin is cooling slightly. The temperature is down to 86F/30C, from a high two hours ago of 96F/35.5C. The highest outside temperature today was only in the mid-80s, but little breeze found its way to the below deck oven. I have a battery operated fan pointed at me.
The little boat is ready to go back into the water tomorrow. I hope early. A second coat of antifouling, the topsides touched up, the rub rail painted, stains waxed and polished out. Her hull will pass the view-at-a-boat-length-test. Her deck will not, but I can take care of that in the water.
I also have a third bump on my head. Another reason to want to be in the water. Though I bump my head there, too, usually not so hard.
The total cost of this haul-out comes to $305 US. $130 for anti-fouling paint, rollers, brushes, etc. $15 for the pressure wash. $160 for hauling out and being in the yard two days.
I remember thinking that my haul-out last year in Opua was inexpensive and checked the journal entry. The cost then was $400.
While I did not wax and polish her entire hull, GANNET has again been restored to the respectable beauty she deserves. Aesthetics count.
I am drinking an air temperature gin and tonic.
Earlier at the adjacent Point Yacht Club I had an ice tea and, at different times, two half liter glasses of beer. That is a little more than a quart.
It was a thirsty day.