Friday, October 21, 2016

Life On The Hard

Beautiful custom made yacht arriving at the yard.

We have fallen in step with the other boat owners working our individual projects. Each morning starts with coffee and tea in the "Hut" where project updates are offered, advice is given and ideas blossom. Once the caffeine kicks in we push each other out the door to accomplish some specific work item that day. It certainly helps to know there are others in the yard who will be sweating and working at the same time. We help each other out when there is a need which builds friendships. Brenda helps out doing canvas repairs and Mike helps out with mechanical issues. Boats arrive and depart each day adding new faces and energy to the group.

By lunch time our energy is sapped by the work and heat. We make a simple lunch to take over to the Hut where we relax in front of the big fans and chat with others. This usually revives just enough ambition to get in another hour or two of work before we yield to the heat. A long afternoon break or siesta seems to break out over the entire work yard as everyone hides from the heat of the day.

Another Island Packet 31 back in the water.

By 3:30 to 4pm the heat tapers off enough that those with enough reserve energy and ambition try to accomplish a bit more work. The pace is slower and the sounds of work being done are more intermittent. The work day is once again grinding to a halt.

Watching the Wisconsin Badger game in the Hut.

A refreshing shower and clean clothes do wonders to revive us. A cool drink probably doesn't hurt either. The late day group relaxes in the Hut telling sailing and travel stories which help to motivate each of us for the following day. We enjoy a nice supper aboard Wrinkles as we catch up on the news, read books, practice the guitar and make plans for the next day. Life on the hard definitely means hard work, but working within a community of kindred spirits makes the experience interesting and even enjoyable at times.


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