Two days ago Süstik was lifted out for a rudder repair. During these past 2,5 months we have really become attached to her and I was literally holding my breath when they took her out of water – so that the lines of the crane wouldn’t brake. As we live on board we have been staying in a boatyard for two nights now. It is very strange to sleep in a boat when it’s not floating on the water and you can see the bottom of a 42-footer from your window. But all the personnel and workers of here in the Kalkara Marina are really helpful and friendly. And they have wifi.
Also we used the opportunity to do other works on her while she’s been lifted out. So after watching some Youtube videos and asking for an advice from professionals we… well Martin mostly, because I had the important job of documenting the process… borrowed a buffer from another Dehler-guy and did the polishing-waxing of the whole hull. At first we thought we’re just gonna do it by hand, but if you are reading this and thinking the same – don’t do it. Even fine tuning the parts he missed by hand was a complete pain in the arm. But it was all worth it. Every time we pass her now we just stop and stare for a couple of minutes, feeling really pleased about the work and happy to have her as our boat.
We are also still waiting for our mainsail to be finalized, so we could finally test it on the sea.