The culprit was evident as soon as the boat was out of the water:
|Not the best picture of our stowaway plastic bag. The workers pulled it off before I could grab another shot.|
|The water intake for our air conditioning with barnacles as an unwanted accessory.|
So, how often do you have to remove living organisms from your house so everything will work properly?
On a positive note, I captained the boat out of the slip for the first time. I was more comfortable than I expected to feel and will continue to learn. The next step is docking and will require many deep breaths on that day.
Along that note, so many people have shared stories with us about the arguments and yelling between spouses while docking, leaving the slip, anchoring, etc. (some even say that divorces are caused because of it -- aren't boats supposed to be fun?). Communication while the boat is moving can be difficult. In a car, you can simply apply the brakes, pull over, and discuss how to drive the car. There are no brakes on a boat. If it isn't tied to a dock or successfully anchored, there is very little to keep it from moving. Decisions that must be made quickly and differences of opinion or understanding are not a good mix. Doug and I have been boating together for 13 1/2 years and had to learn how to communicate on a boat. While we aren't experts, our mutual understanding makes us good partners. We often discuss how we think the boat will react to the wind and current before pulling out of or into a slip or new situation and will debrief after both good and bad events. Is there an aspect of life with your partner that has taken years of communication trial and error?