Nov. 20: Last week Sable’s cockpit looked like this after we made a 48 hour visit to Aquamarine boat yard in Daytona Beach. Now this was not a long run from Halifax Harbor. In fact, we walk past this yard on our way to have dinner some evenings at the Chart House. However, by water, it takes a bit longer since we have to go east out our channel, turn south in the ICW then immediately turn west and into the yard. Now you may wonder why we made this short run. Answer: termites.
Yup, Sable had (hopefully the verb tense is right) dry wood termites. We discovered this just a few weeks ago.
Apparently they were in the teak veneer before it was processed for the interior cabinets. At least that’s what Catalina thinks. Fortunately for us, the boat is still under warranty and Catalina picked up the cost for fumigation and docking. We still had to make an extra trip to Daytona and stay in a hotel there for 2 nights while Sable was filled with poison gas.
Now, we have to hope these little buggers are gone for good. The treatment comes with a one year warranty so if they reappear, we hope they will be so kind as to do it before this time next year. Who knows. There is really no guarantee and even the fumigator said they can appear up to 5 years. Not a lot of reassurance there.
This held up our start to the Bahamas a bit. But boats are like that. Always something, whether the boat is new or old. For example, once we got Sable back in her slip at Halifax Harbor, the fresh water pump quit. We’ve been nursing it along for some time, but now Ed will replace it before we leave again. We have one on order to be delivered to the marina. Hope it is waiting for us.
So, when will we start for the Bahamas? Still hoping to go before Thanksgiving, but it is getting close.
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