Since Kenutu had herpes, one of the first things we absolutely had to do was get her to the doctor. When we hauled her out for the survey we had the boat yard give us a quote for bottom paint. They gave us the band-aid price of $4,000 and the surgical price of $10,000. Kenutu's bottom half hadn't gotten any attention in almost a decade, so we bit the bullet and bought her a band-aid.
We ain't millionaires.
The worst thing about bottom paint is that you spend all this money on it, but then you can't even see it. We are forced to live with an eggy yellow deck (aka top) and sloppy topsides (aka outside walls) and her beautiful undercarriage is out of sight. And man, what a gorgeous bottom it is. The boat yard may have done the surgery but only charged us for the band-aid... time will tell.
While she was out of the water, we had the sea cocks (aka sea water blockers so your boat won't sink) and thru hulls (aka holes that link the outside to the inside) inspected, which meant that we had to replace a couple of them. AREN'T THESE THE MOST GORGEOUS $500 THINGS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN?
Hopefully this will keep her afloat for another 5 years, when we'll haul her back out and fix another handful of blisters. Maybe someday she'll be cured, but for now, at least she's pretty.
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