Feeling like neglectful parents, we left Snowcat “on the hard” in a Maryland boatyard this summer. Parked at the edge of a boat parking lot and supported by blocks and stabilizers, we closed her up and headed back to Colorado.
Our favorite haul out facility is in the north end of the Chesapeake Bay at the top of the Sassafras River – the Georgetown Yacht Basin. We discovered them twenty years ago while needing to haul out our first catamaran (the original Snowcat). They are one of the few places with a Travelift that can lift our wide cat and they will let us live aboard while the repairs are underway.
This year our list of repairs and maintenance was a long one. Some projects we did ourselves and others we hired out while we were back in Colorado. Here’s our summer list:
- Put new lettering on the front of our boat so that fellow boaters know who we are - Snowcat II!
- Paint the bottom with ablative paint so that gross stuff doesn’t begin growing down there
- Replace the zincs on our engines so that stray electrical currents will erode the zincs and not our engine props
- Reseat our portlight (watertight boat window) so that sea water doesn’t make our starboard hull a saltwater lagoon when we are underway
- Replace the damaged 30 amp electrical plug so that we can reliably plug into the dock and not melt anything (or anyone)
- Figure out why our heads (toilets) stopped working. (Never mind on that one. We just remembered turning a valve while exploring our water system and not turning back to its original position…our bad.)
- Replace a broken alternator
- Replace corroded bow sprit