Weather permitting, I am scheduled to have S/V Escape hauled out at Keys Boat Works in Marathon, Florida on Wednesday.  This has become a popular yard for Florida Sea Base captains.  The weather is forecasted to be breezy and very cool (by Keys’ standards).

The reason I am mentioning this is because I will be in the boatyard for several days.  Based on past experience, I will be too tired or simply not have the time to post daily.  So this is just a heads-up in the event you don’t hear from me for about a week.

Boats require a lot of maintenance.  And as I have griped about before, the industry seems to work under the assumption that all boat owners are billionaires.  Most of us are not.  Some own boats because they can’t afford a house note or even rent.  Charging $400 for a water heater that holds six gallons is silly.  It runs off household current and it uses the same heating element as your water heater at home.  But it’s for a boat, so the price is jacked up two million percent.  (Sorry for the rant.)

Anyway, it’s fix-up or sell-out time so I am headed to the yard.  Fortunately, I am not planning on any major repairs.  There may be a few small blister’s on this nearly 40 year old hull.  And the bottom has to be painted.  I have five thru-hull fittings that have to come out; two have to be replaced and three need servicing.  The hull needs to be buffed and waxed and the marine surveyor will need to come by to write up a report for the insurance company.  Hopefully there won’t be any surprises.


Another week of mostly cooler and wet weather:

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Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape


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