The prize of our fleet Delfin has left us. Not forever mind you, but she will be out on dry land for the next six weeks or so.
Being constructed of wood some 35 years ago (local estimate) and by that very nature of hers, she has leaked ever since. As stated, this is natural because wood is flexible and tends to shrink and swell. Even in the best of conditions there is always some seepage.
As time wears on and the boat is used more, the constant flexing and bending from the stress of going over waves loosens boards and joints in the hull, and the seepage starts to become actual leaks. Eventually it becomes a contest between Bugs and the sea as to who gets the boat, and arrangements are made to pull it from the water and initiate repairs.
This has been a yearly event, pull the boat out, sand the paint off, replace bad boards, caulk and putty every inch of every seam, and repaint. But we are gonna fix that.
On the schedule for this year's outing are replace bad boards and fiberglass the entire hull! Bugs is just aquiver with excitement over this! He claims he has finally won his 9 year battle with the sea. Gosh, I guess it doesn't take much.
Also on the things-to-do list is a complete engine overhaul, new steering components, new exhaust, new diver handrails and camera storage, and new instrumentation at the helm. There is even talk of a new chair for the captain, we all have our priorities.
This is edge-of-your-seat stuff! We will bring you exciting boatyard updates as they happen! We know, the anticipation is killing you.