During the summer we had arranged to have several projects completed while we were away from the boat. The first was the repair of the damage we had done to the fiberglass – a gash in the hull and the chewed up bottom of the keel and the rudder.
|New dodger, looking into cockpit from foredeck|
|Bimini seen from aft deck|
The next day we ordered three new AGM deep cycle batteries which we picked up at West Marine in Punta Gorda. With an individual weight of 115 lbs, they pose a handling challenge. After sitting in the back of our pickup over the weekend, Matt from the boatyard came over with a forklift and helped Jim unload the old batteries and load the new ones. These will replace our house batteries but we have yet to deal with the start battery.
|Two of the three new batteries waiting to be loaded|
|Matt and Jim bringing out the old batteries|
|Getting batteries up onto and off of the boat|
|Lowering battery into the cabin|
In the meantime I have been sanding and staining the toerail, putting stuff away and cleaning. Jim has been varnishing our new cockpit table, unloading his tools from the pickup and working on miscellaneous projects that do not require boat power. We expect to move onto the boat in a few days.