Ahoy, BigRed. My connection to the Internet has been horrible to nonexistent since charley, but I finally got through. So glad to hear you are OK, despite the boat damage.
Our community in Punta Gorda a few dozen miles north of you was devastated, as you know. Hopefully, we can get a roof, windows, and doors in the next 2-3 months.
As for our new-to-us boat (1999 Catalina 36), our neighbor''s 46 foot powerboat broke loose and smashed her good. She''s on the hard at Gasparilla Marine awaiting new: rudder, stanchions, lifelines, bow and stern pulpits, roller furler
, backstay. She''ll also need some serous hull repair
where the powerboat smashed her at the stern quarter cleat
, not to mention gelcoat repair
where she rubbed against the seawall for a few hours.
I read of your offer of assistance and that is much appreciated. We''re cleaned up as best we can do; now we have to await the contractors who can fix the damage. If the boat gets repaired in a decent time frame, we might just decide to take off for a series of several week cruises and check back in on the house progress. When this is all over, I might be selling pencils on a street corner, but what the hell.
Stay well, Pirate, and the rest of you out there, too.