Let me explain. My wife and I live on a boat, hence the name of the blog. It came time to haul her to do some long overdue repairs and bottom painting. Now that’s fine, but when was the last time you saw your home hanging from a couple of straps and being hoisted fifteen feet in the air, and then driven around the boatyard at what seemed like breakneck speed before being lowered gently onto jack-stands.

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I tell you I didn’t breathe for ten minutes, watching our home of fourteen years flying around seemingly effortlessly in the air. Okay a slight exaggeration but not far off the truth.

Imagine your house being hoisted from its foundations and then being driven a distance, swaying and rocking backwards and forwards until it finally settled in place.  It was, to say the least, a little anxiety provoking! So a swift couple of strong vodkas later and I’m relaxing on the boat after five o’clock at night, behind locked gates in the boatyard, the only person here surrounded by other boats and not another sign of life. I may as well be on Mars, but at least it’s home, albeit not in the same place as it was this morning!  In three days time, the things that need repair will be done and with new paint on her well rounded bottom, I will return her back to the slip she’s become accustomed to and we’ll both heave a huge sigh of relief.

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As you can see she also has a beautiful wineglass transom which helps her sail comfortably in most conditions that other sailboats would have difficulty.

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So very soon now, she’ll be sporting brand new paint; a washed, waxed and buffed hull; a new forestay; new through hulls and sea-cocks, all of which are a yacht’s equivalent of a great Christmas present, and so well deserved.

Thank you NEPENTHE for fourteen years so far and many more of joy and peace to come. You are our refuge in this stormy life.