Aunt Carrie and Uncle Rex approaching the locks
Years ago, I was talking to one of the "big boat" owner's wives at a Christmas party. She was explaining to me that the boat had just returned from a trip to the "Spa". Evidently, this couple had worked out some sort of rationalization for the cost of the race boat going into the yard for her yearly maintenance. Yard trips are an unavoidable part of every healthy boat's life. It was explained to me, that this particular owner treated the two important women in his life to spa time - each in their own particular way. The wife got to go to the spa. The boat got to go to the yard. I see this couple continuing their already enduring relationship far into the future. It always helps us boat wives when things are explained to us in terms that make sense in our world.
With that said, our girl, Capaz, is headed to the spa. Aunt Carrie and Uncle Rex got out to see the boat and help us move it through the locks to Canal Boat Yard before joining us for a great dinner. We had an uneventful and quick trip. Last boat into the locks. Carrie commented that it was just like driving onto the ferry just before it leaves the dock. It was nice to have them aboard as the power boat that we rafted to was single handing and I was able to jump on his boat and man his aft lock line. We made it under the Ballard Bridge long before the 4:00 cut-off. Carrie seemed a little disappointed that all had gone so smoothly and quickly - she would have liked to have spent a little more time on our boat!
Aunt Carrie mans the bow line leaving the locksOur favorite fiberglass wizard, Paul, caught us at the Canal wall. We are hoping that we aren't too close to the shallow spot with the lake level down. First thing tommorrow, Capaz will be hauled and we will begin the work on her bottom among other projects. The boys are going to spend a few days at Deer Meadow-Brad and I will be putting long days at Canal, trying to not have the yard bill mount too quickly.
November 6, 2008
Capaz checks in at the "Spa"