October 2nd, 2007:
amazing thing happened as we wrangled the boat into the travelift's sling to
come out of the water for "Spa Week": we and the four boatyard
guys operating the lift all ended up singing "Total Eclipse of the
Heart". And it was not anyone from SARABANDE that initiated it! Motoring down to the yard end of the marina, we
approached the lift bow first, but the worker guys felt that stern-to would be
Worker A, in heavily accented English, breaking into song: "This won't work. I think you're going to have to....turn arooouuunnd..."
Alicia (incredulous at first, but then also singing): "Every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming 'round....."
Worker B, also heavily accented: "Turn aroooouuunndd, briiiight eyeeess....."
Brian (throwing the boat into reverse, and brilliantly singing in the style of the film "Old School"): "And I need you now tonight! I @#(*@&in' need you now more than ever!"
We all continued in this way, and a feeling of goodwill spread
throughout our group. The yard workers expertly lifted and guided
SARABANDE out of the water and propped her up on land, and they've been
really friendly to us throughout our entire experience. The
ability of '80s power ballads to break down barriers and unite people
can never be overestimated.
Sarabande comes out of the water as Alicia and Louie watch. Sheba remains inside, oblivious.
been out of the water now for 10 days, during which time progress has
ambled along rather than galloped. We will probably remain out
until Saturday tying up the loose ends on our projects.
Brian successfully replaced ALL the smelly old sanitation hoses in the head,
which were full of the filthy "product" they were designed to manage.
It was a disgusting job, "product" dripped everywhere, and Alicia is eternally grateful to him
for allowing her to duck out of assisting.
Brian's not down with OPP.
seacock (a regrettable word for a valve that controls the flow of
liquid coming in and out of the boat) in the head had seized, which
would have put us in a dire situation should it have failed.
Brian replaced it, and now we can sleep a little easier knowing
it's not a faulty, corroded dinosaur keeping the ocean out of our boat. And the head smells so much better!
Would you trust this thing?
scrubbed the hull, and sanded and painted over SARABANDE's battle scars
from the piling incident of her City Island days. The
painted patches need to be blended in to the original paint (no small
feat with Awlgrip), so that's slated for help this evening.
repainted SARABANDE's name on her bows and stern in blue and gold, an
improvement over the "naked Barbie peach" the letters appeared in
previously (see below).
The friendly, singing yard workers sanded the bottom and put a new coat of anti-fouling on.
The Tannenlift System has exceeded our expectations--Louie loved the
attention and the praise we heaped on him as he traveled up and down,
so after the first few trips his tail now wags the whole time. It also
came in really handy for bringing up groceries and laundry! A+,
Also, Alicia recieved a new computer from Brian for her birthday with
some really cool website software on it-- this website will undergo a
complete facelift in the coming weeks! More video, a better
layout and a 200% more awesome look comin' up!
Loving and happy birthday wishes to Mr. Tom Collins, Alicia's dad!
SARABANDE seems pleased.