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.

Factor Discussion Water
Pro Con
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.
Sanding a table leaf Sanding between the slats on the leaf takes a lot of time
(2021-09-02 11:50:14 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Sanding a table leaf
Final cover sanding The leaf needs to be manually sanded to prepare for varnishing
(2021-09-02 11:50:18 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Final cover sanding
Varnishing team at work Working on the final sanding steps
(2021-09-02 11:50:22 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Varnishing team at work
Finished for the day Work is finished for the day
(2021-09-02 16:01:07 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Finished for the day
Chain and anchor on the dock The chain has been pulled from the locker and piled on the dock
(2021-09-02 16:01:48 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/40s] ISO 64)
Chain and anchor on the dock
Chain rust flakes on the windlass Some of the links are so rusty that they flake off when passing through the windlass
(2021-09-02 17:13:36 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/15s] ISO 64)
Chain rust flakes on the windlass
Chain layed out on the dock The chain is now layed out on the dock so that I can inspect the links
(2021-09-02 17:13:55 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/25s] ISO 64)
Chain layed out on the dock
Rusty chain links Only some links are rusted badly, but since the strength of a chain depends upon its weakest link this is bad news
(2021-09-02 17:14:08 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/25s] ISO 64)
Rusty chain links
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