Wakey, Wakey, Bushranger…

20 Feb

It’s TIME! Time to remove the tarp and see how Bushranger’fared over the cold and dark Iuka winter (that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration – Iuka may get a bit chilly, and may even see a bit of snow and ice, but it really ISN’T that bad). So, like approaching a hibernating bear, we examined Bushranger from every side, being prepared for the worst, and snuck a peek under her winter blanket (okay, fine, it’s really a large tarp!).

There were a few snapped lines, few holes in the tarp, a few marks on her rails, and even some ice coating her walkways.

But, all in all, she looked pretty good! Boyd unlocked her door and checked the inside.  There is still a bit of water in her bilge (unbelievable if you ask me – remember how much time Boyd spent tracking water leaks last Autumn!?! Those weather gods are tricky – they can find even the smallest flaw in the fiberglass and push water through it…), but not enough that my Captain is discouraged.

So, now begins the serious business of getting from point “A” on the timeline to point “B” (“A” being the point in time where a 30 year old boat has not seen sufficient attention to maintenance to be sustainable, and “B” being the point in time where our mode of transportation is our pride and joy and able to take us to see all the wonders of the US rivers/lakes/coastline).

7 Responses to “Wakey, Wakey, Bushranger…”

  1. pat merten February 20, 2012 at 19:01 #

    You are moving forward. YES!!!

  2. pat merten February 20, 2012 at 21:19 #

    you’re better than the Postal Service. Nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow will the elements deter you from reaching your goal. I envy you for your determination to see the U.S. from the deck of a completely refurbished yatch. Boyd has put his heart and soul into this project and I am sure it will help him to realize his dream of “saililg the loop”.

    Thanks for keeping us informed.


    • The Robinsons February 20, 2012 at 22:46 #

      Thanks, Dad! We are moving forward and we will succeed! I will pass on your encouragement to Boyd. Thank you so much!

      love you

  3. Colin February 21, 2012 at 05:48 #

    Well done Boyd – keep at it but don’t forget to stop for a XXXX or VB on a regular basis. Easier or more difficult than a Collins Class submarine refit?!

    • The Robinsons February 21, 2012 at 08:52 #

      There are times when I think I understand why the Collins refit took over four years…

  4. Pat Merten March 9, 2012 at 19:15 #

    You will get from A to B and have the makings of a “How-to” book for serious owners when the journey is done. Can’t wait to see, ” Bushranger rides again” by the Robinsons on Barnes and Nobles’ shelf. Meanwhile, enjoy the process!

    • The Robinsons March 9, 2012 at 21:02 #

      I think that, before we start writing this book, we need to get this boat in the water!…and we will get there!

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