Saturday, February 19, 2011
Despair, or The Boatyard
Well, the Romantic Period with this new boat is officially over. Starry-eyed dreams are a thing of the past, and we find ourselves immersed in a sea of inescapable practical details.
We're in the boat yard.
I don't know how other people handle being in the boat yard, but for me it's always been a scorched-earth experience. I always do the work myself, which means twelve hour days, bashed knuckles, and plenty of time to reflect bitterly on the foolishness of dreaming about palm-fringed anchorages.
This time around is no different. We've been on the hard since Tuesday. Every day I work all day but conclusively finish few (or no) jobs. The beautiful weather that we enjoyed in January has left us, to be replaced by a traditional California winter. It's been pouring rain for days and the temperature has been topping out around 45/7 and so the boat sits unpainted. Meanwhile we're staying in a hotel, so every day that we don't get back into the water adds to our boat-related money hemorrhage, and the forecast promises little relief.
And, well, you get the picture. Luckily I have the experience of the Pelagic years to draw on, and the realization that even the darkest haul-outs eventually end.