During our recent stay at Port Louis Marina our friends overheard the owner of a nearby mega yacht chastising one of his crew for his apparent lack of enthusiasm for cleaning. “You need to respect the boat” he scolded, which to him meant cleaning the entire huge vessel every time it went out. On several occasions during the course of our stay there, that ship left the dock to go out for only a few hours at a time. When it returned we would witness crew members spraying untold gallons of fresh water all over the decks and topsides, scrubbing them to remove any salt and grime accumulated during the short jaunt. Boy, I’m glad ZTC wasn’t docked within sight of that or she would have been extremely jealous!
The fact of the matter is that that type of fresh-water cleaning is only possible for those who have access to a dock and additionally, fat wallets because the water ain’t free. Our decks only receive that kind of attention during rain squalls which fortunately for them, during H-season are relatively frequent.
There are two occasions when our boat receives an extra bit of cleaning though: when we’re hosting a get-together or when we have visitors due to arrive. While the former tends to occur on a slightly more regular schedule, I’ve already discussed how infrequently the latter one occurs. That said, we do have a guest due here later this week so Rebecca and I have been hard at work in cleaning mode in preparation for his arrival. And by cleaning, I mean scrubbing-with-a-toothbrush type cleaning. The stainless will be sparkling and the waterline will be spotless. With a little luck, Rebecca and I may even have time to take a shower ourselves before he arrives.
Too bad we don’t have anyone booked in for our Reality Cruising Adventure this week.