Nope S/V Sweet Escape doesn’t have the hardware one of her crew does. My little slip and fall on our vacation sailing adventure turned out to be a little more serious than the Key West ER Doctor originally thought. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I am finally up and slowly getting around.
It’s finally the perfect sailing weather but unfortunately my doctor says I won’t be in any shape to help sail our vessel for about 6 months. Needless to say the challenges of living on the boat with an injured limb will continue for just as many months.
Limb injuries don’t go well with sailing. A slip and fall and I ended up with two fractures on my fibula, at my ankle and up towards my knee. Our sailboat has so many steps and thresholds that makes it incredibly hard to get around. Until these injuries heal it will be an adventure moving around and getting on and off the boat! Not an adventure I want to repeat again!!
We’ve set sail to the Keys to take part in the annual Fantasy Fest adventure. We are doing a direct shot out of Tampa Bay putting us in Key West in about 40 hours, Monday morning about 9 am.
We are lucky enough to have a wonderful WWS (Women Who Sail) girlfriend of mine from Calfornia to volunteer to be our Galley Goddess and crew member. She provisioned the boat so that we will have gourmet meals for the entire trip. This trip will be amazing having our very own personal chef on board.
While Sweet Escape is in the hard we decided the old worn out stripes on her hull needed to be removed and her hull be given a good be buff and polish to show off her beauty. Boy is she looking amazing as she sits on the hard having her bottom painted and waiting for a new rudder. It turns out Sweet Escape’s original rudder could not be repaired and a new one is being fabricated.
Fingers crossed, we are hoping to have Sweet Escape splashed the first week of October so we can give her a good shake down sail or two before we head off to the Keys for Fantasy Fest.
As I was at the boatyard yesterday another boat yard customer walked by shook his head and said “Hunter rudders!” and proceeded to tell me stories of Hunter owners losing their poorly designed/constructed rudders at sea. I have to mention from what I have read, not all Hunter rudders were poorly made, it seems it was during the times when Hunter was cutting costs and corners building their yachts. Anyway, losing your rudder at sea would be a terrifying moment because you would not be able to hold your course in any direction. You might be able improvise to get your yacht to safety or you might ultimately have to abandon your yacht and scuttle her to prevent her from being a danger. In any event we are getting a new rudder!
We haven’t posted in a long time because haven’t done anything but try and get out of the Florida summer heat. It has been unbearable, a season we don’t want to ever experience again on the boat. We hope to be able to be in New England next summer.
In the meantime we are singing the boatyard blues with an adult beverage or two waiting for the sunset! 🍸🍸
S/V Sweet Escape, our home, was hauled out this week to have her bottom painted. Maintenance that is done every 2 to 3 years for performance and protection. For our size boat, it is normally about a 10 day process when you hire a company. But it turns out that our rudder, something that steers the boat, was damaged before we bought her. Unfortunately, the surveyor never pointed out any damage or repaired damage before we bought her. Needless to say, the rudder is being shipped away to either be repaired by the manufacture or a new one made. This will not only add $$$$ to our bill but add a of LOT of additional time off the boat, maybe 30 days. Time I didn’t plan for, so I hope we don’t outstay our welcome at an unused vacation penthouse owed by a good friend. Bright side, we will be “landlubbers” for a little while longer enjoying living in a beachside condo that not only has fabulous views from every room but has unlimited internet & water, “real” toilets, AC, washer/dryer, and a huge kitchen. Cheers! 😂⛵️