Friday, August 26, 2011


Zimmerman Marina, Mathews, VA 37º24.43N | 76º21.14W

It was dead calm at 7:30 a.m. when they knocked on the hull to tell us they were ready to haul us out of the water. Who would know there was a tempest headed our way?

I'd never seen a lift like this one: a platform that goes into the water underneath and pushes the boat up instead of lifting it on slings.

We were anxious to see the bottom, which was crystal clear when we left the Bahamas two months ago.

Not bad!

Blocked and chained. They lower the keel onto wooden blocks, and then brace the sides with those stands. Then, they chain the stands together from side to side going under the keel -- to keep the stands from slipping out if the wind rocks the boat.

And now, with the marina's work done, ours can begin.

Hurricane Irene: T minus 28 hours and counting.

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