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Work in the boatyard continues. As mentioned in my post the other day, Rebecca and I serviced all three of our Yamaha engines. That task took less time than anticipated. By comparison, yesterday we focused our attention on ZTC’s hulls, a job which took (is taking) considerable time. We first stripped and cleaned all the fiberglass with MaryKate On and Off – Hull and Bottom Cleaner, a very powerful but nasty chemical. It works great but avoid getting it on your skin or inhaling its fumes. Following that, we used 3M Super Duty Rubbing Compound to remove any marks on the fiberglass. A nice soapy bath and fresh water rinse followed that step, leaving only one piece left for today: to coat the hulls in a layer of protective wax (we’ll be using 3M Marine Restorer and Wax). While I am working on that last step, Rebecca is going to work on finishing up the inside prep. of the boat. While it would be great to be done everything we need to do by the end of today, we don’t see it happening. I suspect we’ll have at least another full day of work ahead of us. We might end up taking our friend Kirk up on his offer to stay on his boat tonight though. ZTC is rapidly losing liveaboard status.

Just in case people thought it was all bad here in the boatyard, here are a few Grenada Marine perks:

  1. Many of the staff are great. They are helpful and smiling.
  2. Unlimited fresh water is something we haven’t had since… ever? At least not since we’ve owned a house.
  3. There is a nice bar/restaurant here. While we’re still not drinking alcohol, having a nice cold Ting when on a break is awesome.
  4. The Wi-Fi here is Blazing Fast!

Flushing the 2-stroke with fresh water.

Look at all that water… it’s decadent!

How can you tell a boatyard dog? She has anti-foul paint on her butt!

Someone is looking a little naked!

More boatyard supervisors. Or perhaps they are the groundkeepers?


  1. Second picture up is reminiscent of Bare Boat chartering :{))

  2. Boats looking well prepped. See you soon!

  3. Where’s the cat? Will she be going with you to the next boat?

  4. It looks like you have some wonderful company while you work 🙂

  5. Nico (fractionally of S/V Antares in the Chesapeake)

    No alcohol? I looked, and I didn’t see anything after your 1012 hiatus. Are you purging before taking possession of the Leopard?

  6. Nico (fractionally of S/V Antares in the Chesapeake)

    …make that 2012 hiatus. 🙂

  7. It looks as though you are planning for her to be there several years.


  8. Hey guys, I found your blog and have been dreaming, er..following along for awhile now. I started reading from the very beginning and was easily scrolling through your blogs and now, suddenly, I can only see one blog at a time with all of the comments showing underneath it?? Do you know what happened?

    • Not sure, Ed. If you follow a link to a direct post you can not click to an adjacent one. You can only do that from the forward and back buttons (older posts – newer posts).

  9. After you flushed the engines, did you give them a good freshwater hose down, under the cover too? (protecting vitals of course).
    Enjoy the running fresh water while you can!

  10. Quit hot weather forecast for California – Death Valley may break a record last one is of 1913 which was 56,3 C which is 132,8 F.

  11. Been a while since I’ve posted, started a new job and we are moving, but glad to see all is well, will be catching up on your posts in the meantime. Also will be starting the fund to get out there with you guys!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Fair Winds


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