Beatitude is not in the water. We are, in a sense, homeless.
This morning I awoke much earlier than usual. It is rare, given my work schedule, to see the sun rise. This morning, I awoke at 6:15 to make a 4 hour journey to Progressive Marine Boatyard in St. Pete. Progressive is one of the only boatyards in the Tampa Bay area which can haul out a vessel with a beam as wide as ours (24’7″). Early this morning, I picked up our good friend Duane Brown after work and brought him home to Beatitude so that he might accompany me on this short trip. Cindy would drive the car the 20 minutes to St. Pete to pick us up after we dropped off the boat.
We decided that it was time to haul Beatitude out of the water and place her “on the hard” to have some necessary maintenance and work performed. It has been two years since her bottom was painted and we felt it was time to give it a fresh coat of bottom-paint. While out of the water, we will also have our bow roller repaired. There may be other things which will need attention as well.
What this means, however, is that we are homeless. We are not allowed to stay on the boat while in the boatyard due to liability issues. So, for the next week, and possibly a little longer depending on the work needing to be done and depending on the weather, we’ll be living in a hotel room. It feels strange that our home is out of the water and we are not on it. Cindy commented today, that for the first time, Beatitude really felt like her home and she didn’t like it being out of the water. I too feel a sense of loss and am anxious to move back in shortly. Updates on the maintenance and repairs will follow.