Yep it’s that time of the year. Zoot Allures is back in the water! This is my 6th season. You’d think I’d be used to this stuff, but I’m not. It always seems like the first time except for the procedure. It’s tiring as hell.
The previous weekend was the last rap. Most of the lingering projects were stuffed away and launch mode was set in place. On Wednesday I blasted out of work and painted the antifoul. Friday night the last prep was done… take off photovoltaic panels, clears decks, sort lines etc. Saturday morning Giannis and I launched with Giannis first. He had his sons to help and I had a colleague, George, come over to watch with his grandsons and camera. All photos are credited to George… a.k.a Mastoras! Another important note… it was partly cloudy. If it had been sunny, we would have died from exposure. I know I would have.
By now the grandsons had gotten bored so George took off and there are not photos of the mast-ing. Whatever. After that we went for a few beers and food! The next couple of dayz were putting Zoot Allures back together again. The last day I motored away from the dirty noisy harbor to my nice quiet mooring. The ball had sunk so I anchored, dove in, retrieved the mooring lines and tied up. Then washed the decks with about 20 buckets of sea water… those mooring lines get really gooky and gooey over the winter and …… that’s it! I was totally spent! But boy, it felt soooo good to be back!
Stay tuned and gooeyless,
ps…. I don’t really have anything to add here. But one thing did cross my mind. Paula over the winter said after my whining about my dead boat, is that it’s a dream killer. And so true. Now I can dream again. !! 🙂