So it's 'Happy Easter' and ordinarily we'd be anchored in Pirate's Cove, DeCourcy Island with our club group... but we hauled 10 days ago and only just got relaunched yesterday. And now the weather's going into the crapper again....
We hauled for a long awaited prop change, routine bottom job and some minor fairing repair around the keel joint. (Used West's "G-flex", a relatively flexible epoxy that should be much happier in that area.. will report next haul)
We were also due an insurance survey and had that delightful experience of essentially dictating the survey and then paying $400 for the privilege.
Anyhow mods were required to the second hand Max prop we bought, so it was all shipped to Seattle (PYI), along with our own prop so that the (non-standard) shaft taper could be matched. This included driving to Blaine to avoid horrendous cross border shipping charges. After a week on the hard with unusually cold temperatures (making the epoxy work rather challenging..) the prop was being shipped back to Blaine. As it happened it's now Easter Good Friday and the border lineups are hours long so we walk across. Long story short, we had a PYI/UPS induced adventure with a mis-addressed package, the prop sitting 25 miles away and us with no car... Good samaritans and good fortune got us back to Canada by 3 pm.
Yesterday saw us scrambling to find some SS keystock because our key piece never came back from Seattle, and then madly (yet carefully) assembling the prop on its new hub for (hopefully) the correct rotation and pitch. We had a 2 hour window before the tide would be too low to launch.
And we made it.. She looks pretty good, we put the extra time to use with some spit and polish and it feels good to be properly prepared for the season - our annual Sailpast is next weekend.
Based on the 2 hour delivery back to the marina, under power and sailing in light airs, I think the Max is going to be much appreciated....