Thursday, about six o’clock, I headed to the grocery store to pick up dinner. As I turned the street corner, at part of Deaton Marine that’s sarcastically called “the garden”, Jerry waived me to come by.
Jerry and Joanie are refurbishing a custom steel hulled boat on which they have cruised the world for ten years. That boat is now for sale. (Meanwhile a new, smaller version, is being fabricated back in Oregon.)
The next thing I knew, Jerry, Joanie, Jerry’s brother Don from Texas, Don’s wife, and I were conversing about boat repairs . Dinner was missed. In substitution were bags of various snacks and a modest amount of beer.
Dark fell. Another boat yard occupant, Pete, and his dog joined us. The conversation turned to boat travel- places, people, pirates, hurricane holes, and aspirations.
Eventually, the beer supply needed replenishing. So, I volunteered to go to the grocery store (my consumption having been well paced) and brought back Klondike bars, Reese’s Cups, and a case of Ice House. The Klondike Ice Cream was well received.
It got too cold by 10:30 to continue the stories. Pete, and his dog, were the first to give it up. I was right behind him.
Boat Yard stories told around a make shift table added a new dimension to my developing understanding of extended cruising. Great people, from different backgrounds, added color to my own stories!
Friday was a very productive day for Yacht A Fun. Generator and main engine service work was performed. Though I could have changed oil and fuel filters myself, what I would have missed would have been items of deferred maintenance. Those service items, which I would have missed, were proactively handled by the mechanic. One such item was the need to tighten loose engine mounting brackets- a significant item indeed.
While Stephen worked at the stern of the boat, Ken installed the sea-water wash down pump at the bow.
Meanwhile, I finalized the cutting of the holding tank cover. The photo shows the parts having been epoxied.
Breakfast at Brantley’s had been good. I was hoping for a seafood buffet for dinner. Brantley’s had a buffet, but it was limited to turkey, pork, ham, and popcorn shrimp. Decent food, but not special.
Something about commiserating about boat projects in a boat yard that draw cruisers together like no other sundowners can. Deaton’s is a pretty cool place. Have you visited the library box in front of the house down at the corner? We used to walk over there to exchange books a couple times a week when we were stuck in Oriental.