Tough Start in Vero

February 16, 2019

You know it’s going to be a tough day after two-plus months away from your beloved boat, you drive up to it and it has a hole in it that you can see through.  And the covers you labored over for months are not on the boat.   And the interior is a science experiment in mold growth because the windows hadn’t been opened.  And the varnish is peeling because of lack of covers.

I only heard rumors from afar, but the husband/wife owners of the normally-reliable marine service place where I keep the boat in Vero Beach had been going through a very tough divorce and breakup of the business.  So the new covers I sent down and the cockpit cover never got installed.  The way Tardis is shaped, they are supposed to go clear over the boat and tie down on the trailer, forming an air tunnel along the sides.  So the big side windows and portholes could all be opened for ventilation — or not.

How the hole, about one by four inches clear through the plywood got there no one knows, but it turned out to be in an easy place to patch.

Once that was done we took the boat down to the launch ramp — perfect batteries but no start and no one available to look at it until after the weekend.  But that was fortunate in a way since I was able to stay three extra nights with my extremely understanding friends Pat and Julia Harris and avoided catching something terrible from the mold.  And while slaving over the boat, I tried starting the engine from one of those little jump-starters that Pat has.  Zoom.  That meant a missing wire between the engine and the batteries somewhere. I found that the main ground wire had been detached by the service crew (correctly) last fall, but it had sneaked itself back into the boat during the trip and we couldn’t see it.  Engine runs perfectly now.

So Pat and I had an easy trip up to Suntex where I kept going at the interior, and had it in shape for Molly’s arrival a couple days later.  Great road trips to Miami, St. Augustine and Amelia Island have ensued, but I’ve been very remiss in my boat projects and blog.

It looks like things are okay at the boat place, too.  It has been re-capitalized and a new partner brought in.  With 7 kids involved in the mess, I really can’t be too upset about the covers, hole, etc.

Mold before cleaning

After cleaning, but I made another pass later in the week and got it one shot better.

The hole patch

Total Chaos getting the boat back together


6 comments on “Tough Start in Vero

  1. Jim Favors
    February 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

    Lisa n I are at Marco Island and heading to Marathon. If you get this far south please look us up in Marathon. We have a slip at Blackfin from 2/22 for 4 weeks.

    Jim Favors 231-642-7625

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  2. Kevin Green
    February 16, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    Tough go, that mould and neglect. I wonder if not skimping on paint made the clean up that much easier. At any rate, commiserations.

    Kevin Green


  3. David Calloway
    February 16, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

    Wow, sorry that happened. Best laid plans, etc. Glad it cleaned up well. An anti-mildew formula from “This Old Boat” (Jan/Feb 2019: 1\4 cup borax, 2 tablespoons TSP, 2 tablespoons washing soda, one gallon warm water. Use to remover mold and mildew, don’t rinse off final pass. Seems tomwork..


  4. memsahibsvoyage
    February 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    It DOES work. I used it for the initial washdown then hit the tough spots with Tilex. Before I go home I’m going to spray down the whole interior.


  5. Neil Claydon
    February 16, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    Sorry to hear the bad news. I have to say your a far more understanding man than I would have been. Lol


  6. scotth777
    February 18, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    tuff luck…will you still be on the west coast coming up?
    would still like to see her up close …?


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