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September 14, 2012 / Nautical Mom

Hauling Out

 At 7:59 am we rounded the dock heading for the hauling slip at Marina del Rey, anxious to be on-time for our lift.  Since there were 3 cranes, we radioed for clarification.  “The haul-out facility opens at 8 am” was the curt reply.  Gotta love it, ‘Island Time’, Mon!
When the workers arrived around 8:15 and gestured for us to back into the middle slip, we were ready:  I’d made several circles waiting for them and was comfortable with the wind and currents. Everyone had gotten the lines and fenders prepared, and the docking was uneventful.  Once tied to the dock, we observed as the men secured straps under the hull at the ‘sling points’ designated on Sinan’s rail.
We were all eager to see the growth on the underside of our boat.  It had been three months since we’d had her cleaned and that whole time we’d been stationary at the Palmas Marina (  On the15-mile trip up the coast from Humacao the engine had overheated due to barnacle growth on the intake hose.  Then when we could get the engine running, we could only make 2.4 knots.  This was in relatively flat seas, so we knew it’d be ugly down there.
The engine on the lift started with a deep rumble that continued into a higher pitched roar. It’s grating noise drove us back from the machine, as we watched the lifting straps tighten against Sinan’s hull.  Like a mother lifting an infant out of the crib, our boat was raised up out of the water into an embrace and carried ashore.  That was when we saw what we’d been so eager to see — a colorful bevvy of ocean life.

Three Months of Growth

Not as bad as the dreadlocks of seaweed I’d imagined clinging to our hull, but still awe-inspiring in a nauseating way, there were growths of every imaginable size and texture. With the boat stabilized above the ground, I was drawn in to examine the heretofore hidden treasure.  As my fingers stretched to probe, to quench that desire to ‘see’ with my hands, a large calloused hand encircled my wrist pulling it back.
Angel, who really lived up to his namesake warned me not to touch it.  In broken English he conveyed the perils of getting too close.  It was not a moment too soon because it was then that I saw the surface come to life.  Squirmy maggot-like worms and tiny crabs came running to the surface of the lesions.  Rats jumping off a sinking ship, I  thought as these parasites abandoned their rapidly drying homes.

A Job Well Done!

Three intensely exhausting and skin-scorching days spent with Angel as our coach, and we were able to make Sinan better than new.  She was smooth as a baby’s bottom; protected by two coats of bright yellow primer followed by two more of ridiculously expensive blue bottom paint. Everyone in the yard expressed admiration of our hard work so efficiently completed.

We had the yard apply a special coat of shaft sealer to the propeller as a special treat, so now it looks like pure bronze.  Gunner, the professional captain of one of the mega yachts said it was worth it’s weight in gold for fuel efficiency gained from growth inhibition.
When we launched again, and headed out for the anchorage off Los Palaminos we were motoring above 6.5 knots through the water without pushing the engine  past 2,000 rpms.  The next day, we sailed at over 8  knots, close-hauled, rail-in-the-water, in only 16 knots of true wind.  We sure hope all this lasts and that we’ll soon have another opportunity to sail some serious distances with such an impressive performance.  Next stop…Cartegena???

A 2-Thumbs-Up Sail…



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  1. Marie Gentrale / Sep 14 2012 4:28 pm

    Great narrative
    Sinan and EJ look happy.

  2. Barbara Haugen / Sep 14 2012 11:33 pm

    Please tell us you are not going to Cartegena! Hope all are well. How us home schooling going? Sent from my iPhone

    • Nautical Mom / Sep 15 2012 2:11 am

      Well, we are still enjoying pr for the moment. Can’t seem to cut ties here.

      Homeschooling is unbelievably intense, and certainly not something I’d ever aspired to, but they are covering so much and the calibre of Calvert materials seem on par with hs texts!

  3. Liza / Sep 15 2012 4:45 pm

    Thought you called me months back, but no one on the line. Must have been a mistake/butt dial.

  4. Gisela / Sep 15 2012 10:55 pm

    Wonderful report, Shayna! Sounds like you really worked very heard to clean the bottom to achieve the “ship-shape” condition.

  5. Marion Gropen / Sep 17 2012 1:16 am

    Wow — You’re doing awesome work! And I can’t imagine how much elbow grease went into cleaning it all up.

    • Nautical Mom / Sep 17 2012 1:49 pm

      Y’all doing’ fine? Send me a link to your writing. Sent from my iPad

      • Marion Gropen / Oct 12 2012 3:02 am

        We are actually doing well, but I haven’t been writing.

        Instead, I’ve been working on renovating a gorgeous wreck that we just bought here in NO,LA. I hope that it will be something pretty amazing when we’re done, as the bones are lovely all by themselves.

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