- Ballast. Martin moved a total of 1500 lbs of lead from the port side of the laz to the starboard side. (In that heat, yeah, it was a drag.) This significantly improved our left-lean. We should only need to offset the current lean with about 100 gallons of diesel, a much more acceptable amount.
- Weevils. I couldn’t figure out what they were eating and they were all over the boat. So Blossom got bug-bombed a couple days after we left. The exterminator said he’s only seen a weevil infestion a dozen or so times in his 20 years on the job but that it can happen. Lord knows what they’re eating but they are in every room of the boat and there is NO food on that boat. I’m suspicious of my quilt batting so we removed it all. (My 3 quilts from the boat are currently living in our freezer in the garage. 1 frozen week and they should be dead!) The bomb should take care of any other little creepy crawlies that try to get near the boat for a few months as well.
- Rugs. We steam cleaned the rugs, carpets and couch with a Bissell. It’s small and portable and yup, it was life changing. (I bought one the day we returned and just finished doing all the rugs in the house – if you have pets and/or allergies, it’s amazing!)
- Spiders. AYB is known for spiders – specifically, spiders pooping on the boat from the roof of the shed. She was cleaned and waxed early this week and will be washed down monthly. Hopefully a full wash and detail in the spring will keep her looking like new, despite the spidy poop.
- Winterizing: the folks at AYB will be winterizing B this fall. Their winterizer guy used to work at Deltaville and knows Nordhavns well. He and Martin went over the plan and we feel confident all will be well. (We shouldn’t expect a “deep freeze” but best to be safe…)
- Diver. We'll have a diver check periodically on our bottom growth and zincs (or aluminums as they are),
- Canvas. We spoke with a contractor and ordered a few more pieces. We’re replacing the large piece that covers our kayaks as the one we have is too lose and flappy. We’re also having a cover made for the dinghy helm and the storm plates.
Our new view for sundowners (note fleece jacket and slippers), it's summer (near) SF after all :)
ps: This is actually the penultimate blog post of the season, though my last. Martin will be posting a map of our travel route and stops for 2016 as he did last year!