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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thunderbolt, Georgia

Thunderbolt Marine

While we wait out hurricane season, we thought it would be a good idea to have the boat hauled.  We're having the bottom painted, shaft seals replaced (maintenance) and another Dynaplate  installed.  A Dynaplate provides a ground for our short wave radio and installation requires drilling a hole through the boat which always makes us nervous so we leave it up to the professionals AND cross our fingers.  We have also inspected the Max Props and more importantly had the professionals here at Thunderbolt check the Max props to determine if servicing was required.  After greasing the Max props, the pros determined no servicing was required.  This means less time on the hard, YEAH!  If all goes well (let's not talk about it then maybe it will), we'll be back in the water by Friday (September 2nd). 

The professionals are not doing all the work.  In May, we had Gypsea Heart professionally washed and waxed in Bradenton, FL, by Debbie.  She did a fantastic job.  Now, we feel it's our responsibility to maintain it.  So, we decided to wash and wax the boat ourselves.  It took us two and half hours to wash and wax just the outside portion of the port hull and it looks good.  Now we just have the outside of the starboard hull, the entire portion underneath the boat and the entire topside to complete and we'll be done ... I hope we survive.

The name says it all!
First haul out as new owner


Bottoms clean and she's blocked
I am not just posing

Speaking of surviving, our thoughts are with those who were impacted by Hurricane Irene.  Waxing a boat in the Georgia heat is nothing compared to the devastation of a hurricane.   Most of our family and friends made it through unscathed, though one family member may be trapped in her home with her husband and teenage daughter, running the generator for power with limited gas and food for two weeks.  Their fate is still unknown.  We hope the best for everyone.  Until the next time.


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