We know it’s been a while, and really we’re a little apologetic, but not much. You see, there have been a rash of vacations, and holidays this year.
Being almost ten years since a real “get outta Dodge” vacation for myself and Bugs, we both ducked out for a couple of months. I took off for a look at Western Australia, and Bugs for parts unknown. We’re back, and I myself am feeling relaxed, and recharged with an attitude quite improved. Bugs; looks a little worn.
There is more. Even as exciting as my homecoming is for everybody, although there was a distinct lack of parades, what’s got the tongues wagging around here is the return of of everyone's favorite, our iconic showpiece, star of International Television, and symbol of the country of Honduras; our dive flagship Delfin III.
It may seem that I am laying it on a little thick (never!), but the reality is that our boat; Delfin has been seen on the television show; “House Hunters International” (starting 13:50), and on the cover of the German published travel guide; “Reise Know-How” (know how??) quite obviously symbolizing the entire amazing country of Honduras.
Her (our famous boat) absence was a bit extended because of holiday schedules that could not be changed. With the planned six week overhaul growing to a little better than three months, it’s almost as if she were a bit jealous of some vacations, and took one of her own.
She is back now, all refreshed, and looking great. Gone is the old canvas top, now replaced with a fiberglass one. Her aging motor was removed, overhauled and is back purring like a kitten. Her planked hull has been sanded down to bare wood and fiber-glassed, hopefully sealing all those pesky little leaks that never seem to get smaller. Her steering system has been replaced with new components, and the entire boat rewired with lights added for our Blackwater adventures. (We have some dandy pictures coming soon.) Lastly, but not least, she is sporting a new paint job, and is as fresh, and shiny as a brand-new STOP sign.
Our boat Delfin is still as big and roomy as you remember. For those who have not had the pleasure of this incredible dive platform, you must come and experience her for yourselves. Great comfort on short trips to a most incredible reef. Afterwards should you find yourself driven to Uncontrollable Spontaneous Interpretive Dance (USID) over the joy of the dive, there is room for that, too.