The end of the 2009 Caribbean hurricane season is almost upon us. Bristol Rose "splashed" today, Monday, 2nd November. She's back in her old slip on Dock C at Power Boats. Our neighbors at the dock are Golden Fleece, Spirited Lady and Kardia. Next on the list of to do's comes bending sails and her shakedown cruise, all in preparation for returning to the cruising life.
BR was hauled out by Power Boat's travel lift team headed by Michael just a week ago. She sat snugly on the jack stands while barnacles were scraped away, new black bottom paint was applied by Andy and Lester, through hulls were serviced, sea cocks greased, sides polished, zincs replaced, new anchor chain installed, gold scrolls and the Shannon named on starboard and port sides were re-painted, decks washed down, Orande of Fortress completed a new cupboard where the microwave used to sit, TV was relocated to a bulkhead and a new shelf went into the cupboard in it's place, new family size cockpit table was fitted by Sterling of Fortress, sails came off for checking and prep for new cradle-style sail covers by Soca Sails, Robert continued to manage operations and chase up new equipment, Trish cleaned, provisioned and organized and Daisie supervised. All that in just one week!
It has been 13 months since Bristol Rose was hauled, Cheasapeake bottom paint is no match for Grenada or Trini barnacles
Here's the view from the travel lift, looking over BR's port side to Crews Inn.
Scraping barnacles. Haul out time is a chance to inspect every inch of Bristol Rose. She's in good shape. Just a few more little things to be completed and we'll be on our way north.