Visit the calendar master page for the daily blog entries
I got up early in the morning and it looks like it is going to be a perfect day - there is a slight breeze and no rain clouds in sight and perhaps some high cirrus to keep the glare of the sun from heating things up too much. I've spoken with my current employer/customer and they would like me back in the office soon so I have been looking into finding a place to keep Zanshin for storage while I'm gone. I had checked pricing and availability here in the Rodney Bay Marina yard but it is a small working yard and space is quite limited, so their prices are also 40% higher than what I'd been paying over the years in the BVI. This adds up over the course of a 6 month storage and they weren't sure that they could offer me a slot. I spoke with the yard manager and the general manager yesterday and they said an alternative would be to keep my boat in the water at one of the docks. I'd never considered that option and there are some distinct advantages including availability and pricing. The marina is very protected and the storm surge would need to exceed 6 feet or more before the floating docks would lift off the pilings, and they have that massive mega yacht dock as well in case there's enough time to get the boat secured there. I will have to think about this new approach to storage, since it is much faster to get the boat ready should I decide to fly down for vacation when it is already in the water. I would need to find guardiennage and probably regularly clean the bottom as well and check out about the zincs and perhaps running a line to an external zinc.
|Cost||Storage on the hardstand costs more per month plus there are haulout charges of several hundred dollars||Yes||No|
|Convenience||Haulout and splashing need to be coordinated before returning and then the boat needs to be prepped for travel at a dock. In-water makes spontaneous trips possible||Yes||No|
|Hurricanes||While St. Lucia is still in the hurricane belt, it isn't at great danger of a big storm. The boat would be strapped down on the hard along with every other boat. The docks have 6 feet of storm surge before floating away and the entrance is very narrow and shallow||No||Yes|
|Guardiannage||Not necessary when on the hardstand, but recommended when on the water||No||Yes|
|Dirt||I've found that the boat is always in need of cleaning decks and topsides after the yard. It collects dirt, debris, overspray, metal filings, etc. and this would not happen while in the water.||Yes||No|
|Bottom Growth||If this happens on the hard then I'm in big trouble! Regular scrubbing of the bottom (despite new bottom paint) is going to be necessary while in the water||No||Yes|
|Stray electricity||Not a problem on land. But the docks, with all the charter boats and other yachts, are most likely electrically active. Need to add an external zinc or add zincs to the prop||No||Yes|
|Storm Preparation||Necessary while in the water||No||Yes|
|Sails/Bimini||Need to be removed in both cases||No||No|
|Structure||The boat frame/structure is stressed less in the water than during haul/splash and on land||Yes||No|
Another issue that I'm facing is travel back to Europe. Because St. Lucia is currently categorized as a high risk area, I would need to quarantine for at least 10 days despite being vaccinated. And travel from St. Lucia to airports that I could take a flight back is somewhat restricted. But I don't need to worry about my flight booking until my storage options have been finalized.