This is a two-part post:
Part One: The Annapolis Sailboat Show!
The boat show was fascinating – soooo many vendors in such tight quarters! Anything you could imagine for a sailboat was being sold by multiple companies. We asked about dinghys, foulies, books, composting toilets, EPIRBS, generators, davits, arches, rigging, batteries, etc. Joe and I each bought a foul-weather jacket at a great price, and a couple of books, including the new book from Lin Pardey herself! It was a treat to talk to her, and see one of the crew from SV Totem – a family from the NW that blogged about their circumnavigation (SailingTotem.com).
Of course, the big draw was the huge selection of boats on display. We were amazed with sticker shock. New 25′ boats were priced near what we paid for our 42′ boat!
We decided that these new boats were well beyond our reality, and we spent most of our time visiting the small vendors instead.
Part Two: A Boat Full of Water!
As we were leaving the boat show, Joe got a phone call from Snead Island Boat Works, where our boat has been stored since January. They were painting its hull with an ablative anti-fouling paint, and getting her ready for launch when we return to Florida this next week. The yard foreman had some tough news: they unlocked our boat and found that we have some very very serious leaks going on. Our battery compartment was full of water, and our circuit panel, which is located just above the battery compartment, was compromised as well. In addition, the lower part of the engine compartment was filled with water, but not so high as to damage the engine. Apparently, all last spring and summer, water has been entering from some portlight, or somewhere on deck, and leaking down inside the boat. One of the operating foundations of sailboats is that the water stays on the outside of the boat – so when it gets inside, it’s what we call “very bad”.
Wow. We didn’t even really know what to say at that point. They had drained the water, and would try to identify the source of the leak. We didn’t know how to react and were basically just speechless.
On the bright side, Hurricane Matthew was making its way up the east coast of Florida, well away from our boatyard, so that was some good news for us… still, we went to sleep with heavy hearts, wondering how bad the damage was, and what other problems might yet await us.