Since we arrived in Mobile we have been pretty busy.
It felt so weird being on land, I kept thinking we were going to tip over at any time.
|Getting lifted out for the first time in years.|
|Checking the bottom for damage ( there wasn't any , thank goodness)|
|Getting a very thorough wash|
Gary did an oil change on the main engines, replaced a leaky pump and changed some seals on the generator.
I finished doing the reupholster of the salon furniture, I re-caulked the bath tub and replaced some of the screens with no-see-um screening.
The reason we are still on land and not in the water is because we also sent our props away to be tuned and some little nicks needed repaired
|Sitting on stands|
|The yard at Turner Marine, where you can stay on your boat while working on it.|
|The view from the Dauphin causeway bridge|
Our first job was painting the bottom.What a job! Both Gary and I were covered in red paint. We were exhausted!!
Just in case you think it was all work and no play, think again. The rest of the Loopers have all caught up with us and there are about 20 Looper boats at Turner Marina.
It has also been wonderful to get reacquainted with friends we met here last year.
|Gary and Mike - MV Inch -a-long|
|Our friend Martin , who bought pizza for all the Loopers the night we arrived|
|Many Looper get-togethers.|
Every Wednesday evening there is a BBQ and pot luck at the marina.This is the place to stay in Dog River!!
|My friend Martin who is a GEM when it come to solving problems and helping out!|
|Daniel ( SV Teasa) and Angela are also at Turners getting some canvass work done.|
|Jonathan( MV Salty) Sherry (MV Priorities) and Dan (SV Teasa)|
|The conch blowing champ|
|Home made hamburgers|
|One of the marina cats had kittens.|
|Just a couple of weeks old. Some of them are polydactal.|
The days turned very cold and we spent time with the crew off SV Teasa playing dominoes.
We also had a very sick cat. For a few days there poor Miss Josie had the poops and we believe it was stress related. she seems to be much better now although we are keeping a close eye on her.
|Poor Josie looking worse for wear after a bad couple of days|
Having work done on the boat and getting special bottom paint is not cheap but the folks at Turner Marine took very good care of us and even though we ended with a significant bill I am sure if we had gone anywhere else it would have been much more scary. So after we paid up we moved to Dog River Marine for a fuel fill , pump out and out free night thanks to Looper membership.
|Capt Sid Shrimper. Last year I bought a a grocery bag full of shrimp from him for $5. This year he has hardly taken his boat out due to the lack of shrimp in the bay and Gulf.|
It is sad saying goodbye to all the good people here in Mobile ,but adventure beckons and we have to move on to where the water is bluer and the weather is warmer.
See ya'all soon.
............to be continued