I've been far too busy to sail this year, apparently ablative bottom paint works best if you actually move the boat through the water. When I went down to check on Marianita recently I was horrified by the mussel and seaweed growth she had sprouted. Between the undergrowth and a stuck in the "down" position bilgeboard she wasn't going to trailer well at all. Fortunately we had a series of mid-day minus tides this week.

After much scraping

If only we could eat shellfish from Eagle Harbor...

The offending bilgeboard is out too. When I made it I cheaped out and built it up out of marine ply and poured lead, the wood part split and swelled up enough to bind in the trunk. I have secured some 3/4" plate steel (as specified by Iain Oughtred) that I'll have to find some way to cut as a replacement sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Parking her on the beach and floating off was easier than i thought it would be, it may become an annual event. Lots of curious beachwalkers stopped by to chat, as did the BIPD marine unit. They were mostly concerned that i not dig into the beach too much (no anchors allowed) because it is a man-made cap covering a Superfund sized bubble of creosote. I was also very happy with how much better she moved through the water after cleaning (big surprise there, eh?).

Is was very nice to do something other than build my new house for the first time in months but it also made it very clear I need to haul her soon, a bunch of the varnish has failed on the cabin even though it was under cover all season. Might be time to go with paint. First up is finding the trailer, it is well hidden under a blackberry bramble.

Ah, the joys of being a boater