New bottom paint

Under the swim step, Diver's Dream zinc on the right

Under the swim step, Diver’s Dream zinc on the right (before new paint)

Starboard bow with tube opening for thruster

Starboard bow, showing the tube opening for the bow thruster (before new paint)

Phoenix in boat yard after new bottom paint

Phoenix in boat yard after new bottom paint and zincs

Port bow, after painting

Port bow, after painting

Side view, after new bottom paint

Port side view, after new bottom paint

Marine Servicenter picked up Phoenix last Saturday and took her to their boatyard to haul her out for a fresh coat of bottom paint and new zincs. Good weather helped get the job done. They told us that the bottom paint from three years ago has held up well, with only a few areas where the paint came off during the pressure washing. Having a diver come each year to scrub down the bottom definitely helped preserve the paint. Now Phoenix is back in our slip and ready for us when we arrive next week.

We’ve arranged for Dana Bower to wash the decks and house early next week so that Phoenix will be cleaned up when we arrive. Dana operates Dana’s Boat Detailing in Anacortes, and we’re very fortunate to have her wash our boat each month when we can’t be there to do it ourselves, which really helps during the winter months!

Blog posts from 2011 added

Claydon Bay 2011

One of my favorite photos from 2011: a quiet, calm evening at our anchorage in Claydon Bay, B.C.

I got brave yesterday and decided to go ahead and click the import function in WordPress to import the posts from our 2011 blog from Blogger into this new site. Looks like everything came in…but some revisions to the formatting will be needed. Some of the text formatting isn’t right and the photos all came in at a smaller size than I want! I will work on revising those previous posts, as time permits.

I’m getting closer to getting the theme and formatting set up on this new site. There still may be some changes, but I’m getting more comfortable with how it looks now and have given the site link to some of our friends. I’ve been able to get a few photos added and am working on adding more content.

Marine Servicenter called today to tell us they will be hauling out our boat by the end of this week, and plan to have her back in our slip by the middle of next week…in time to be ready for us when we get to Anacortes.

Early season preparations

Still working on selecting and styling a WordPress theme for this blog…but think I’m getting closer! I haven’t moved last year’s blog entries from yet, but that’s on my list to do soon.

Phoenix is scheduled to be hauled out in Anacortes within the next couple of weeks. The boatyard people at Marine Servicenter have hauled our boat for us in years past and taken good care of her, so we have asked them to come get our boat from our slip at Anacortes Marina and haul her out for us while we are at home in Bend. It’s great that they’ll do that for us! They will put on a fresh coat of bottom paint, replace zincs and clean up the underwater metal…then they will return Phoenix to our slip. We plan to travel to Anacortes in about 3 weeks, and it will be nice to have that work done when we get there.

For now, we are focusing on getting house projects wrapped up and organizing the stuff we want to bring with us for the summer. It’s always a challenge! We’re also beginning on our first boat project…or at least gathering up the piece parts. We’ve decided it’s time to replace our hand-cranking operation for launching and hauling our dinghy on and off the aft deck. The manual winch is just getting to be too much! Jim has been researching electric winches that will fit on our boom, and has settled on a Superwinch Terra 25-SR that we can order from Amazon. He plans to set up the system to run on an Optima D34 55A battery that will be charged by a Noco Genius 10A marine battery charger.