Splash!

Friday, July 12, 2013, two months and a day after hauling Wander to do what was to be a quick bottom paint, new zincs and a touchup of the topsides paint, she finally went back in the water. With almost 1400 screws and over two pounds of Slick Seam squished into the gaping seams, along with a couple of coats of Interlux White semi-gloss Premium Yacht Enamel prepped and sprayed on, I was definitely ready. I was hoping the seam compound would slow down the intrusion of water enough to let the bilge pump do its job while the planks took up again. But, soon after we were back in the water we were up to five pumps! A manual Whale pump, the automatic bilge pump, a small 12V portable pump and two jury-rigged portable bilge pumps with alligator clips to hook to a battery. One of these was a Rule 5000 with a two-inch hose that could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch. There were rivulets of water coming from a couple of spots into both the foreword bilge and aft near the transom. Kind of scary after all that work to make it water tight, but it's all part of the natural process. Once we felt we were at least keeping up, Joe and Gus and I took her back to our slip. Throughout the afternoon we could definitely see progress, but knew that we would have to spend the night monitoring the pumps. Things continued to improve through Saturday and 48 hours later, on Sunday, things were slowing down enough to let us leave and go home. We also knew that with the bottom completely refastened below the waterline and the seams full of compound, things could only get better — and they have. Good for another twenty-five years?

Let's get outta here!

Let's get outta here!

Her backside has never looked so good. I removed at least eight coats of paint from that transom! 

Her backside has never looked so good. I removed at least eight coats of paint from that transom! 

Wander showing her aura. 

Wander showing her aura. 

Prop joolery. 

Prop joolery. 

Joe giving her a quick rinse. 

Joe giving her a quick rinse. 

Trailered up.

Trailered up.

Harvey go! 

Harvey go! 

And we have re-entry. 

And we have re-entry. 

I'll drink to that! 

I'll drink to that! 

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