Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Waiting for the Paint to Dry
That's exactly what we've been doing. First it was too rainy to paint, then when we did get the paint on it was too cold and wet for the paint to dry. We painted the last coat of bottom paint on Thursday, and it was finally dry enough for us to go into the travel lift slings today - Tuesday.
Now the painting is done, and the new name is on the hull, and the California "champagne" is cooling in the reefer. Tomorrow at 0700 the yard guys will lower us into the water. But before they splash her we'll take a moment for a bit of maritime ritual, and thereby mark and observe this remarkable moment, the launching of this new boat that we have selected to be the home for our family and the vessel for so many of our hopes.
So tomorrow is a beginning for us, a beginning of things that we cannot yet guess at.
But it is also the end of something, the end of what happened when two people, a bit startled at what they found themselves taking on, sailed away from home with their ten month old son, completely unsure of their ability to carry through on the plans they had set.
Those of you who have been following the blog know that the three years that followed that departure day gave us more than we could have reasonably have hoped for.
This will be a different trip; we are four of us now, and Alisa and I (and Elias) know much more of the sea, and ourselves, than when we left on Pelagic. And since we know more, we are of course looking for different things with this second incarnation of our life afloat.
So, to mark the transition between boats, and the "ending of the beginning" of our maritime lives, we'll be moving to a new address for the blog - if nothing else, the name of this blog demands the change. And it's also nice in a way to end this particular blog, to declare a wrap on this particular phase in our lives, and to mark the start of something new. We'll link to that new blog once we've christened the boat - I hope you'll all come along to the new blog to continue finding out what happens next.