We just completed our haulout of the boat and are now back in the water. We had last hauled out almost two years ago. The bottom paint was in good condition and the zincs looked very good. The exception was the zinc on our prop, which was completely gone. We will need to keep a closer eye on it as we cruise.
While we were in the boatyard we also had four thru-hulls replaced. These were located near the waterline and are the discharge for the air conditioner water, shower pump, and bilge pump. The fourth is a spare. These were a concern to me because there was no way to shut off the flow of water in case of emergency. There needs to be a sea cock or shutoff valve installed so that it is quick and easy to close this flow path. On most boats, the thru hulls and valves are bronze. Bronze is not a good choice for us because we have a steel boat, and this can cause dissimilar metal corrosion. Therefore, we installed Marelon thru-hulls with Marelon shutoff valves.
Marelon is a glass-filled nylon which is very rugged. It is also impervious to corrosion. The new thru-hulls and shutoff valves didn’t go in as easily as I had hoped. There was a bit of trial and error to get the correct configuration of the new equipment, and then the inevitable trips to the marine stores looking for there fittings and adapters we needed to make it all work. Finally, all was finished and sealed up.
We were launched yesterday morning without event. She was lowered gently into the water by the Travel Lift, and we went aboard to check things out. There were no leaks, and we headed home.
It is a short ten-minute ride back to our slip. Our good friends Jeff and Marie were waiting for us at our slip to take our lines. In just a few minutes we were secure. It is good to be home.