Last Tuesday we hauled Curare out of the water at Yankee Point Marina, a calm and peaceful place on Myer Creek on the west side of the Corrotoman River, about 12.5 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. We had been looking for a place to leave Curare for the winter months since February 2016 and many east coast cruisers gave us great suggestions, but none of them seemed quite what we wanted. A priority for us was the ability to do our own boat work and the second biggest factor was winter conditions. We did not want to leave the boat in a location where there could be a lot of snow, and neither did we want weeks of sub-zero temperatures. At the beginning of October, while at the SSCA gam, we met a young couple who have their boat at Yankee Point Marina and it sounded perfect. It is a Do-It-Yourself boatyard, one of only a handful in this area, and the winters, although cold, are not as severe as they are further north. The only drawback is it's remote setting, 3 miles to the nearest convenience store and us without a car. On the other hand it sure is quiet, some days we wonder if we are the only people left on the planet.
The marina has a Ship's Store, known by the locals as the "Yankee Point Mall", which has a refrigerator full of cold beer plus it carries a small assortment of the usual boat work stuff like hoses, clamps, varnish, sandpaper, paintbrushes, etc., and whatever they do not have in stock they can order for you. UPS delivers every day so we never wait long for parts.
We hauled two weeks before flying back to the west coast, and before we leave we have to winterize the boat, but GG decided there was enough time to tackle some major jobs. This means the inside of Curare looks like a bomb has gone off. Right now the Baby Blake is in bits and pieces getting cleaned, polished and painted and the propeller shaft is lying in the grass so that he can change out the PSS dripless shaft seal and the cutlass bearing. Other things have been dismantled as well, too many to list, and walking below decks is an obstacle course of large holes to avoid and things to climb over.
Meanwhile LE is trying to get Curare cleaned for winter storage, not an easy task with everything torn apart. Hopefully GG will have finished all of his work by the weekend, leaving one day to do the final wipe down with bleach and vinegar. It always amazes me how dirty the inside of a boat can become even though I am constantly cleaning - I do far more cleaning now than I ever did when we owned a house. Working in a boat yard is a necessary part of cruising but it is never a lot of fun.