Madge is back in the yard at St. Marys Boat Services. I’m tired of putting diapers under the leaking rear seal of our old Perkins 4.108, and I don’t like the dark gray streak down the side of the boat under the bilge outlet. I’ve worked real hard to make sure only clean water goes over the side, but the old stain is a red flag that just begs for us to get boarded by the environmental authorities. We’ll have to pull the prop shaft to get to the seal, so Madge needs to be on dry land. While we’re at it, we’ll work on the heat exchanger, the wind turbine, and the steering cables — and anything else we can think of or have time to do while she’s out of the water. I need to add some fans in the salon before the really hot weather hits, and fix the main hatch, which makes a horrendous shrieking noise (like fingernails on a blackboard) when you open it.
While all that is going on, Suzy and I have doctors and dentists to visit — as well as family and friends. Except for FaceTime, we haven’t seen our granddaughters in five months. Too long. So we’ll be putting some miles on the car between days in the boat yard.
We’re hoping to be on the water heading north some time in mid to late June.