|...Island Spirit heads for the water...|
|Radeen sending bags up to the Deck|
|Living out of the car for 12 days, a challenge|
Tomorrow, we need to get the dinghy off the deck, add the 15hp outboard, add the 6 gallon fuel tank and fire it up so we can get back to shore. That will be Tue. Then Wed we move to the service dock at Apex Marine where Mack Sails will be working on our mast, installing the new 4G digital radar antenna and new B&G anemometer. We hope to have this electronics package up and running soon for testing. But first, let's make this boat livable....
Hear are some photos.
|Getting propane, we need coffee in the AM|
Here is the process of how a boat is launched.
(That is, a boat that cannot be towed with a car or truck)
This service is included with the storage fee.
|The travel lift arrives, notice it is U shaped at the top.|
|The travel lift backs over and around the boat|
|The lift operators run lifting straps under the boat|
These slings are then pinned together with a very large bar
|The lifting straps are tightened and then pick up the boat|
|Once lifted, the jack stands are removed|
|The left over bottom paint is used to touch up where the boat was resting on blocks|
|The travel lift operator drives the lift with the boat to the water|
|They keep the boat only a foot off the ground |
so if the hydraulics fail then it does not fall too far, but damage would still be bad
This boat weighs in at about 18,000 lbs
|Radeen looks back as Island Spirit slowly heads to the water|
|There she is, hanging over the water, and then will be lowered down|
We climbed on over the bow
|YEAR #6 Selfie, we love this cruising life and cannot believe it has been 5 years!|
|Our first sunset at anchor, cool and breezy....perfect!|
|Sunset off the stern of Island Spirit on anchor, Stuart, Florida|