Yup! We’re back!
What do you do when your down and out and ready to chuck it all?
Un-expectantly get e-mails, post comments, facebook mail and lots of old friend calling with so much support ….. it was close to ridiculous. Yes my friends, I’ve snapped out of it and I’m back and I’m so grateful to all of you. And in response to all the support I nearly killed myself but…
Ol’ Zoot Allures is back in the water!
I cant remember many details of what been going on the last few weeks, only that it’s been f-ing rough physically and mentally. Also I haven’t been taking any pictures and notes but here’s the latest scoop.
After being slammed at work Saturday I ended up in Port Rafti by 6:30pm. Kostas and Paula’s little one, Melina, had her 7th year old birthday. It was crazy but at the same time a great time with a zillion little kids running around. I did manage to tape the water line before dark. Sunday at 7:30am I started painting baby’s butt with some fresh antifoul paint, done by 10. Only one coat this year since I’ll be out again in 5 months (and that shit is expensive). Later on the day I did final preps. Got the water separator/filter on with Kostas, got the Perkins purring, took off the solar panels etc… ready. Monday morning at 7am the crane shows up and by 10am Ol Zoot was in the water with a stepped mast. After and hour, the crane’s back with Alex and s/v Achilleas. I loosened my lines and he was plopped parallel to me. Stepping his dual spreader mast was a bit funky and the wind changed and it was bouncy and rather difficult, but it all worked out fine. By 1pm the crane was back again and Dimitris’ s/v Argo was plopped in the same manner. We stepped Argos’ mast, head out and by 3pm all three of us were nicely docked and tied up in the harbor. A great lunch of sardines, fava and salads and beer and off to work. Rough day, lots of cuts and bruises (and even blood)……. but soooo satisfying!
Conclusion….. listen to your friends and love ones. They usually can come up with something smarter than you can when your soul is clouded. Let the sun shine through.
Next weekend is a 3-dayer and I’ll be back on my mooring.
ps…. another big thanks. It’s really great to be back and high as a kite!
pss…. yesterday, Tuesday, the weather went crazy. Windy, cold, scaring docked in the harbor…. and raining MUD. The boats are a mess. I slept over to make sure I didn’t drag, with my main sail furling banging in the mast (no sails on yet). And I’m in a great mood! It’s all uphill now!