Yesterday we finally got to splash Dragon Lady. She is now sitting pretty in a dock at the boat yard. I’m not wild about the view and the finger pier is pretty puny, making for gymnastics while boarding and disembarking, but at least we don’t have to climb a ladder and we have air conditioning and hot water again. We have to stay here for another week while the mechanics at the boat yard check out her belts and hoses and other things mechanical in both the main engine and the generator. We are counting on taking her back to our marina next weekend.
Meanwhile Bryce has been trying to put a spring on our generator to facilitate starting. You would think that was a pretty easy job, but he has made about six trips to the hardware store to find just the right kind of spring. The last trip to the store the owner suggested that he just bring a sleeping bag and camp there. As if that job wasn’t challenging enough for Bryce, our aft head (toilet) decided to die this weekend. Now Bryce is not Mr. Tooltime. In fact, he laments that he is probably the only student in his high school who nearly failed shop class. But after three boats, he has learned how to fix the joker valve in the head, a job that needs to be done about every two years—yuck!
But I guess things could be worse, much worse. As far as I can tell everything is basically working okay today—and that in itself is a big accomplishment on a boat this size with loads of complex systems. Yes, I think this calls for a small celebration tonight. We are in the water and functional—Hallelujah!