Archive for June, 2012

Free, independepent, mobile and afloat again!

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

We made it… i haven’t updated this log that much lately as we were rushing to get everything done as fast as possible to get out of the boat yard…
And so it is. The boat is all nice and painted black, we finally got the engine running, and now we’re tied to a dock, floating. This afternoon we’ll be heading for the anchorage in front of town…
Here are some pics

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It looks so easy just looking at the pictures, apply a coat of black, put the boat back in the water, tie to the dock… it was not. The pictures do not show all the work inside, the multiple coats of paint and all the preparation in between, the engine room work, the days upside down under the engine battling uncooperating bolts, the frustration of encountering countless new problems that absolutely need to be solved before relaunching, the incredible heat, the draw back as when tthe black paint starting bubbling, the tons of stuff to be sorted through, lifted back on board and put away, etc etc… and all that while seeing our friends leave for sea, sail across oceans, make landfalls in paradise, and us still working in our concrete yard…
It has been one hell of a trip, and i’m mighty glad it is over. Now, in an odd way, we are in “land ho!” mode, as we feel we have completed a hard and strenuous journe toward freedom. Now is time to relax a bit, tidy the boat, sort out our finances, and then decide what to do next…

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Okay, more photos

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

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Almost there

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

ETS (estimated time of splash)  is for monday afternoon… we still have some jobs on the list, such as rerigging the forestay, reconnecting both engines, and putting away every tools and scrapes of material , but at long last we can see the end of the tunel… we’ll still have to take care of the deck, but we’ll do that after relaxing a bit, since it can be done in the water… for now our focus is on getting ready to get out of the boatyard… karaka will have been one week short of a year on this damn concrete yard… way too long…

Anyway, here are some pics of the work

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Hum, well, there are plenty more pics but the internet is acting up so it will wait…