Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Back in the Water Today
The weather has been on our side - it stayed warm just long enough to finish up the delamination repair. Wild Eyes looks great with her new bottom paint, new non skid, and everything else. If my boat ever lost her keel and flipped over, it would be pretty much impossible to spot her white bottom from miles up in the air. So we decided to paint a giant orange spot on the bottom. We ended up changing it to a heart. It looks pretty cool, but I'm hoping that no one will ever have to see it. I'll make sure to get a picture of it before she goes back in the water :)
There are a few new people on board working hard to help keep us on schedule. Jerry Nash has taken over where the electrician Mike (who flew back to north Carolina a few days ago) left off. While Mike is missed by us all, Jerry has done a great job taking his place. His son, Brady, has also been down to the boat most days to lend a hand. Also Allen Metzger has been doing an amazing job with putting in the water maker. The water maker installation turned out to be a bit trickier then we had thought it would be, and as there are so many people on the boat during the day, Allen has been getting to the boat late after most people have left and working until the early hours of the morning. Jerry, Brady, and Allen have all been putting in a tremendous effort and they are great to have on board. I don't know what we would do with out them!
Today is a big day with Wild Eyes being put back in the water at 11:00, the mast being reinstalled at 11:30 and the new UK Halsey sails being installed at 2:30. She has her new Shoe City signs on the hull and some new 'eyes' as well. She is looking pretty fast and ready to get some water under her keel.
Thanks to all for your continued support!