We finished cleaning, storing and completing all the technical details for storage on AT about noon on Wednesday. Over the past 5 days, we usually have left our unit about 8-9am, and complete our work for the day about 2-3pm, during the hottest part of the day. We are very glad to come back to an air conditioned unit! Yesterday (our first day with no work on AT), we headed for the beach in St. Anne. Probably our last St. Anne beach day for this season:
Last night, we spent a wonderful evening with friends Tobi and Judith at the new local restaurant called Numero 20. There serve some excellent “small plates” called tapas, kind of like appetizers. Here, we are waiting for their arrival.
It was nice being back where we started this adventure, in the Le Marin Marina.
I will miss this place, but will look forward to returning next season to finish the final preparations for launching Aquataurus for the 2018 season. It will be a lot of work as we will need to prepare the bottom with scraping, repairing, and repainting. Here is a photo of some work that Greg did when we first hauled her out. The left photo is before ANY scraping, brushing and cleaning was done. This is what it looks like after months in the salt water. On the right is after 3 hours of scraping and cleaning that day-last Friday, March 24-the day that she came out of the water. It was a LONG day for Greg and he was glad when we were able to quit early that afternoon.
Then, he spent another 4 hours on Tuesday finishing up cleaning the hull. And, this is how she looks for hurricane season, ready to be prepared for repainting when we get back:
Toto has truly become a “vessel dog”, very comfortable on the boat, and does his “business” regularly on the afterdeck or foredeck without hesitation…
…and has become addicted to baguette! We will also miss the wonderful French baguette that we have come to love daily here. What will we do when we get home? Oh my, I guess we will have to visit the local bakery daily or every other day! We can’t open the bag to cut the baguette without Toto right there, waiting for a piece of that wonderful crusty bread!
Some additional photos that are very near and dear to my heart, and I hope you enjoy! We will miss you AT! Until next season!
As we begin the next adventure, stay tuned: we fly home to get our house ready to sell. Hopefully it sells quickly…and then…? Only time will tell…