Position: 26°06’N, 80°10’W – Riverbend Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale
And if they don’t stock it, some suppliers even offer to custom-make it for you instead. To understand this fully, I've been told that it is like shoe-shopping. You see the perfect pair of shoes but the store doesn’t stock your size and to be honest, you have always wished you could have one shoe a little bit smaller than the other. The assistant apologises (!) and offers to custom-make a pair for you instead for just another few dollars. This, apparently, is what a sailor feels like in Fort Lauderdale.
|New solar panels soaking up the sun|
In sailor-speak, each of these jobs is called a ‘Project’ and just
|Skipper finally finds a quiet spot|
Our home in Fort Lauderdale is Riverbend Marine Center, a boatyard that is like a marina without the perks. It’s dusty. It’s noisy. It’s busy. Without a doubt, we are the smallest sailboat in the yard and every day we are reminded of this. A 106 foot motor catamaran beside us has been under refurbishment for the past 18 months. (Fred, the French foreman, calls it an old boat as it was built in 2004. What would he call Ashling, built in 1982?!) This week we spent two days researching and installing two solar panels. Fred spent two days installing a full Miele kitchen, the size of which would fit twenty of our solar panels!
|Small boat, big boat|