We hiked up to Eagle Cliff from Pelican Beach on Cypress Island. It was a nice sunny day and the views were amazing. One of the coolest things happened when we were sitting up at the top of the cliff. A float plane went by at nearly our elevation (750′), close enough we could clearly see the pilot. We gave him a wave and he gave us a double wing dip in return! Maybe that doesn’t sound so exciting but it really was neat!
The alarm went off at 5am. We did our usual preparations for weighing anchor. We got the boat running, Dan took Ranger to shore, and Ashley got the electronics on. Once he was back we raised the dinghy, then the anchor and were leaving the cove by 530. We have close to 20 hours before we’re home so there’s no point in both of us being up and tired so Ashley went back to bed for a few hours. She got up with the kids and it was the usual breakfast and morning routine. Since we didn’t get fuel at Refuge Cove we stopped at Garden Bay, Powell River for fuel, about 9am and continued the long trek South. There hasn’t been any wind and none is forecasted so we’re just motoring. It’s a monotonous sound that grates the nerves after a while so Dan went forward to Victoria’s top bunk for some sleep. Ashley and the kids are on watch. The kids pass the time playing cards and chess. They really aren’t bothered by the long days on the boat, it doesn’t seem any different to them as if we were just hanging out on the boat anchored or at the dock. Such adaptable little ones! We never did have wind so motored all the way home. We pulled in to the marina around midnight and were snug in bed by 12:30.
Samadhi got pulled out of the water for 3 weeks for some work. She got black bottom paint (goodbye Pacific blue!) and the work yard did a few other odd jobs for us.
We also took the opportunity to wet sand the hull, compound, polish, and wax since the gel coat was pretty chalky. It took us 50 man hours to complete. Thank goodness we had use of the lifts in the yard.
We started by using a heavy duty cutting compound and found that wasn’t improving the situation. So off to the store for some sandpaper. Seeing Samadhi on the lift makes me a bit queasy… taking sandpaper to the hull was enough to make me want to throw up. But alas Dan was correct, the only way to cut thru the chalk and get the compound to bite was to wet sand. Ashley wet sanded the entire boat on one lift and Dan followed on the other with the compound, polish, and wax. We eventually worked on the same lift separating into 2 sections, so much faster that way. Samadhi doesn’t look brand by any means (she’s now 30!) but we’re hoping this work will make it easier to keep the hull looking good in the future. We need to do the same to the topside but that will have to wait till spring…