When arriving at Harbour Island the hard work of refitting the old lady for our journey quickly began. The unfortunate event of a nearby boat yard burning down bought us a number of hatches which could be salvaged to create 3 perfect hatches, one for each cabin. These were installed and the old leaky wooden hatches where happily discarded. The stripping of the back cabin began and decaying dog house was removed, which greatly improved her appearance, all in time for a visit from Joe and Vivian's parents, David and Marlis.
After loads of hard work Melody's plump hull was gleaming and she was ready to go back into the water. We gently lowered her down and our spirits where lifted when she gracefully entered the misty bay and kept afloat. We motored her across to the Saldanha Bay Yacht club where she would stay until we were able to bring her down to Cape Town and around to Gordon's Bay.
The next step was to lift old Melodious out of the water and have her grid blasted and repainted. A gruelling task and living on the hard for two weeks was a blow to everyone's morale. The Yacht Port SA in Saldanha Bay, however, definitely made our stay far more bearable for which we are grateful. In between all the hard work there were plenty of memorable moments, we managed to have a sunset sail on Mini Melody, our tender boat - Carla's first sailing experience! As well as celebrating the arrival of 2011, well at least we tried. All of us, but Chris and Wilhelm, fell asleep before mid night - a little embarrassing at our age but HAPPY NEW YEAR anyway! Unlike most of the world we woke up on the first day of the new year feeling fresh and ready to paint and when looking at what we had accomplished, it was definitely all worth it.
THE BIG LIFT
PAINT AT LAST