The boat yard
The boat yard: a place where some vessels regain their past glory with hard work, sweat, and of course, money while others languish all alone, seemingly neglected by their owners. In the heart of the mid-day sun, Rebecca and I set off on a bit of a road trip yesterday to make our way to one of the island’s two large boat yards, Grenada Marine, where our friends Kirk and Donna just the other day had their catamaran hauled out.
The view from high atop Ainulindale.
When you own a catamaran as large as they do, the yards which have the ability to haul your boat are few in number. In fact, even though Spice Island, Grenada’s other large boat yard, has a wide travel-lift, easily able to handle our relatively narrow boat, I don’t think it is quite wide enough to accommodate a Lagoon 44.
Another large cat rests in Grenada Marine’s travel-lift.
When we found Ainulindale, peacefully resting in “catamaran alley,” she was in the process of being stripped and storm-proofed in case any bad weather should come upon the island while Kirk and Donna are away. Just as there were 101 things to do when we stored our boat on land for the winter, those leaving their boats in a yard should take similar steps to protect it from water, pests, wind and perhaps even theft. With little access to the cooling breeze found at anchor, those hard at work in the yards frequently comment on how hot it is. With only one short visit, we can confirm, it is hot!
While great care is taken to make sure that the boat is secure, those who leave their vessels for an extended period of time are often very curious (concerned) about how their babies are faring. For example, our good friend George left his boat Earthling resting on the hard not far from where Ainulindale now sits. We stopped by Earthling to give her a once over and snap a few pics for him. We also took a look at another catamaran owned by one of our blog followers to make sure that all was well with her too.
Fortunately, from what we saw, and what we have heard, Grenada Marine is an excellent facility. The boats that we took a look at were all fine, as we suspect Ainulindale will be during her vacation on land. When it comes time to put her back in the water, she’ll no doubt be even more pretty than when she was on the day she was hauled out.
Azure II resting comfortably.
Earthling confided in us that she misses our friend George.