I look tense how Hope slowly gets hoisted out of the water at Powerboats in Trinidad. She has been at sea for the last two and a half years and it shows. It is time for a good service job. Here in Chaguaramas in Trinidad there are over a thousand yachts during the hurricane season. It is the place to be for work on your yacht in the Caribbean with several big, fully equipped marina’s which cater for ocean sailors.
When I prepared Hope for her world journey I mainly focused on safety and the technical side. I had the mast checked and had the rigging upgraded to Dyform by the professionals of De De Groot. Also the electronics got upgraded with AIS and Radar. I also placed a Windpilot for long voyages. Meanwhile there where cosmetic matters which I wanted to address but didn’t fit in my relative short preparation phase. I decided not to wait and repair all the little cosmetics but get to get out and enjoy sailing first. I will do it later I figured.
High and dry in a day
Meanwhile hope is driven to a place where we can work. We get scaffolds, water, power and even an air-conditioning to keep our head cool. Within a day we are high and dry and we can get to work. It is arranged very smoothly here at Powerboats and I am impressed at their efficiency and service. We gratefully use the airco to dry Hope after spending last months in the humid Amazon rainforest.
Time to give back
Hope costs a lot of money and needs my constant attention. But when I talk about my maintenance with other sailors they mostly smile. They are minor issues and a circumnavigation demands a lot of maintenance. After a long process of thinking I decide to lower the waterline which is to high, to repair all cosmetic damage on the hull and to have her painted in shiny Epoxy and Poly urethane paint.
I also have a list of jobs per compartment with maintenance. We paint a lot and the engine gets a extended service. Also I have to change the bearing of the propeller. Fortunately I am helped well. Olav Cox did the ship inspection upon purchase. An e-mail to Olav Cox sailing yacht expertise and next morning I receive a detailed instruction on what to do. Nice! Also the previous owner of Hope ex Anna (Geus) is up to date and very involved helping me out with all sorts of questions. It feels good to be so well supported from the Netherlands.
Still a week or two and Hope can hopefully return to the sea ready for the biggest bulk of water on our planet; the Pacific. But eeuhm, let’s get to work first!