I’m not sure how long the boat will be out of the water, but my guess is that it will be a couple of weeks to a month. Delta painted the bottom last year. As you can see in the photos, the paint job didn’t last. I’ll have to ask if there is a warranty…
While the boat is out of the water we have a number of projects; including swapping in the new generator, placing the new domes for Internet access, increasing the size of the thru-hulls, installing dripless shafts, swapping the zincs, cleaning the thruster tubes, inspecting the stabilizers, etc.
While en route from the marina to the shipyard, I had a prop engineer on board who did some testing to check prop efficiency. He decided that the boat is over-propped, and Delta will be reshaping the prop. This is an area where my knowledge is weak, and I’m not highly motivated to understand it better. I do understand that there is a science to sizing a prop for a boat, and that having the right size and number of blades, at exactly the right pitch (angle of attack), can make a huge difference in the fuel efficiency of the boat. In my case, it is good news that my boat is “over-propped” because this means they can increase my range by making changing to my existing prop rather than requiring a new prop.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on our route planning. I uploaded the latest version of our route to the website. The biggest change is that we’ve now streamlined our routing across the Gulf of Alaska, and eliminated Sitka from the trip. We’ll be running straight across the Gulf of Alaska, which will be roughly a three-day passage. We also agreed that the group would rendezvous for the passage on June 7 at Glacier Bay. All of the boats are now in Seattle, and we’ll all be starting north at roughly the same time. However, for the first thousand miles of our trip, we’ll travel together only randomly. All of us have guests meeting us who want to see Alaska. We’re allowing six weeks to travel north so that everyone has plenty of time to explore and just be “tourists”.
We are in Cabo now, and were out on the water yesterday.
The marina at Puerto Los Cabos is adding dry dock storage for boats, and a 150 ton lift! As we were leaving the marina, I could see the work in progress. I don’t know the schedule, but they seemed about half way done. As far as I know, this will be the largest lift within a thousand miles in either direction.