2009, Palatka, Fl still but now on the North dock again!
completed the exterior work on Yebo and she is ready for gel
coating. She was moved behind the marina workshop last week
along with her mast for her make over. It was difficult to
move her as she had grown roots - only joking. Justin covered
the deck and salon area with plastic as that is not being sprayed.
Below is a picture of Yebo after her starboard surgery of cutting,
re-coring and fiberglass with a fresh splash of primer on her!
she will not be gun metal gray when we are finished with her.
The gel coat is white. The kid's were a bit concerned about
that when they saw her like this!
requires a bit more fiber glassing of cabinetry and then the new
woods can go in. The heads have been re-inforced beneath the
toilets where there was some sag, they have also been sanded for
gelcoating. The swim platform has been re-inforced as it had a
bit of damage and had a soft spot. The swim steps have been
fared and shaped to match (there was a little damage to starboard
side). We reinforced the starboard bow. Counters that
had been cut out before we got Yebo have been built in the galley
for placement of our fridge and freezer. The new oven and hob
have not yet been installed but the counter space has been glassed
for a nice fit when we get to that. The entire interior has
been sanded, some of which will be buffed and some of which will end
up probably with a new gel coat. The salon headliner has been
reglued into it's original place. The salon portlights have
all been replaced. Still new portholes to be installed but
clearly that will be done after the exterior is complete.
meantime, we have moved aboard our new boat, a stinkpot (that's a
term sailor's use for powerboats). Our stinkpot is saving us a
bundle in rent so we are quite happy. We haven't taken her
out, we have been working out a few of her kinks - water fill leak,
replacement head (borrowed of course from Yebo!), installing a.c.,
and removing all the dirt dobbers while she was high and dry and
abandoned. She has 2 cabins and 1 head and we plan to sell her
when we go. We have already received quite a bit of interest
from would be buyers so that is encouraging. Apparently the
small boats market is still doing well.
The kids are
well and thriving. They are fishing daily on this dock as they
were given a telescoping rod by a dock neighbor. They have
learned to bait their own hook and remove the fish they catch from
the hook. Quite impressive really. They know to look for
barbs etc on the fish. We have been camping and swimming and
boating with friends. I actually swam in the river!!! It
was not around here but a bit further south in an area known locally
as "The Sandbar". It is a part of the St John's that gets
really shallow on 3/4 of the river and even at high tide a bit of
sandbar protrudes cross wise on the river. There is a narrow channel
that goes past the sandbar so boats can get by that area. We swam from our boat to join lots of
other boaters on the sandbar, drinking beer, listening to the sounds
of Bob Marley and Alan Jackson on various boats and watching
children play. Abigail found two girls of a similar age
quickly to play with and they immediately began work on sand/mud
meatballs. Aaron found 2 boys to play with and they found the
muddiest part of the sandbar to sling mud at one another.
Giggling and smiling he comes back to us with mud in his hair, his
ears and places I don't want to think about! It was a really
fun day out. I was apprehensive about the river water as it
looks no clearer there than it is in our marina but I did it and I
did not see one alligator, whew! I did nearly step on a blue
crab though! I had a really thorough shower that night.
We also went camping recently and swam in a lake that has a big sign
"Alligators are present in this lake". But loads of people
were swimming there. As long as there are people around they
really don't bother you apparently but I made sure the kids and I
weren't the furthest person out just in case.
Abi and Aaron
have been doing some odd jobs for money. They have cleaned out
trucks for people, watered gardens and washed boats. They are
like their father, entrepreneurs. They have made a bit of
money and I am encouraging them to put some into savings - however
they may blow it all on gumballs. We will see. Abi wants
to get some candy with hers but to sell it to other kids around here
to double her money, smart kid. Smarter than I was.