28 Mar 2018

27/3/2018: Clarke's Court boatyard

We dropped off Dan and Jackie in Prickly Bay on Saturday morning and, after refuelling, sailed around to Phare Bleu marina to start the decommissioning process, not something either of us were relishing. Removing the sails and all lines, deflating and cleaning the dinghy, wiping down internal surfaces with vinegar (to deter mould forming) and taking down the Bimini and sprayhood all takes time .. it only seems a short time since we were commissioning Tumi back in mid-November!

This morning at 8am we headed into the haulout dock to start the final laying up tasks. It's always a sad day seeing Tumi lifted out of the water, heralding the end of another season, this one being our last one in the Eastern Caribbean, as far as we know!  Anyway within an hour or so Tumi was on stands, tied down to the ground, her resting place until we return. We managed to find a local man to apply protective polish leaving us to focus on other tasks. By 4pm it was all done and now we are relaxing ashore and looking forward to our first night in a stable bed for 19 weeks. Bet we don't sleep!!

So that's it until November when we'll return to prepare for our next big adventure, the Western Caribbean and Pacific. Until then, have a good summer and thanks for following our blog.

Debra and Paul