We lifted the boat for the first time since we left England over 15 months ago. The aim was to clean her properly for the entry requirements into the Galápagos Islands and to change the anodes.
It’s always a very nervous moment when someone is lifting your home and possessions out of the water with a crane in a foreign country and language…
The hull looks amazing after 15 months of sailing in tropical seas. It’s a great advert for copper coating your hull. Jeremy Rogers in Lymington did a fantastic job, thank you. We have also cleaned the boat every few weeks by swimming under and wiping it too, great work by Russell to keep the barnacles at bay.
We spent the day cleaning the hull, scraping the barnacles off and cleaning the propeller and bow thrusters. It’s hard work in this heat and humidity but everyone’s efforts paid off and we were back in the water mid-afternoon.
In case our arms and backs weren’t hurting enough after a day of scrubbing, the food order then arrived so it was time for lifting, carrying and the 4D jigsaw puzzle of working out where on earth to store it all! We are nearly ready to leave.