After 2.5 half years in the water, it was high time for Guppy to get a serious manicure done. We hauled her out and worked like crazy for weeks to make her look all beautiful again. The rudder had to go back to bare steel to be retreated and so did some spots on the keel. I finally closed up one of the un-used through-hull holes which was always a potential leak… We polished the topsides to change its color from a faded pink/whitish back to her beautiful own red. And after we had put on some new Anti foul and anodes it was time for a sail!
We had 2 great days of sailing on which we had an average of 7.5 knots! Well,.. okay, I have to admit that we had very good winds, but the clean and smooth hull did sure make a big difference. It was such a joy to be out on the water again, and I am especially glad we managed to take her out before heading of into the cold winter of Europe.. We will be in Europe with Family for a while. But at least Guppy can shine in all her beauty now.
I have been toiling with the idea of selling her for a while now, I have fallen in love with the taiwanese style clippers - like the formosa 51 and hudson 50 yachts. They are also strong and I could take these boats anywhere! There is some great but cold places to sail to on my list :) And so,.. even though it still really hurts - I have decided to sell Guppy. I won't just give her away to anybody though! After all she is my first love and baby ( as much as a boat can possibly be..) If anybody is interested feel free to e-mail me and I will give you some more info on her.
Another thing that has kept us busy is building a cabinet in our friends apartment. Over the winter they have been so kind to let us stay in their basement apartment which was warm and we didn't have to paddle in the rain and cold. They mentioned that they'd like to have a cabinet in the kitchen, so we thought we would just build one from scratch. Neither of us had done anything like this before and so there was a lot of thinking work involved, which was Daniels job. I stuck with glueing, staining, varnishing and… well, what I do best of course - supervising ;)
We landed in Germany about a week ago - back in the fridge - and certainly worth the freeze as we really enjoy seeing our families again!
For Picture's please go to the english blog.