Friday, April 16, 2021

April 14, 2021 2 Way Fish Camp Boatyard, Darien GA

2 Way Fish Camp Boatyard outside of Darien started on our boat about Monday,  April5, 2021.  We "splashed" on April 14.  So I have included all the photos in this one post.

We asked them to remove the bank of windows in the salon area that were only for letting light into the salon, they did not open (only leaked).  All the old material to seal it in place was removed.  They placed plastic inside and outside of the opening to keep our boat clean and dry.  A piece of plywood was painted on the side facing the inside of the boat.  Fiberglass was placed on the outside to seal the wood.  Then it was laid into place and fiberglass was placed over it and blended into the deck of the boat.   

 First 4 photos are different angles before the work was started.  We had placed tape around the margins to keep the water out.

view from inside with window removed

window removed

sealed from inside for protection

April 8 view of salon

plastic was hanging, but taped along the walls

the plywood insert being prepped


the old window

On Saturday the 10th, we were expecting strong winds and raid.  We checked on the boat in the afternoon.  There was plastic laying loosely over the open window.  Dave layed some heavy objects over it to secure it in place.  The storm blew through about 5:00 with tornado warnings.  About 6:30, Dave drove back to the boatyard, about 20 miles, to check for any water damage inside.  The plastic had been taped in place.  Thank goodness.

April 12-the board inserted

 April 14-this boatyard actually finished on the day they told us they would!!  I even complimented them on that.  And the estimate was in the range they gave us!!  We would highly recommend them for fiberglass work.  Can't say about other work, but if this is their quality, they should be great.

you can see the whiter area in front of the mast

the new fiberglass blended in evenly with the existing deck

the bank of 3 previous windows
the finished underside of the marine plywood
this is the slide that covers the area

 The following pictures are of the lift taking us to the water and lowering it into the water.

moving our boat out of it's spot in the boatyard

can you see the guy driving the lift sitting between the tires?

moving over the haul out bay

these straps are holding our 24,000+ lb boat

check out the tread on the tires

straps on the opposite side

the back stays for the mast had to be loosened to fit on the lift.  Can you see the guy in the blue shirt below Dave's arms?

Now the guy is tucked under the dinghy and motor mount in the blue shirt

leaving 2 Way Fishcamp and boat yard behind us
heading out on the South Altamaha River
We passed the Golden Ray ship.  The arch in place over the ship to pick up the next piece that will be cut away

Mary out on the bow

Friends to help bring our boat into the slip at Brunswick Landing Marina

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

March 28-April 13, 2021 Easter Sunday on a GA farm

On Easter Sunday, April 4, Dave, Pete and I drove to Stillson, GA to see marina friends that live on a farm.  It’s about 90 miles away.  Lorie and Lehman have a “hobby farm”.  They have chickens, turkeys, goats, one full sized horse, several miniature horses, 3 dogs and bee hives.  Lorie brings eggs and honey to the marina for us.  Lorie’s parents, a niece and 2 friends were also there.  We had a great low country boil in the low country of Georgia.  It had potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage and shrimp.  Yummy

Peter's Easter basket

Peter. Dave and Lehman

the chef

Lorie's mom and a friend

I haven't gathered eggs in YEARS!

the grey one in the center left is a guinea chicken

low country boil with potatoes, corn, sausage and shrimp

After dinner, we all played with the bees.  There was a swarm of bee with a new queen in the bushes near the hives.  Lorie collects them into one of the hives before they leave to find a new home.  We all took turns holding the bees in our hands.  I was the 4th person and I think they had had enough.  I mistakenly started to close my hand around the bees and was stung on at finger and thumb.  It wasn’t bad, but that was enough.  It was pretty cool to watch Lorie handle them.

Lorie dressed for work. I have the hat on for the photo





 To keep my sanity, I would go back to the marina to play cards a couple times a week.  2 girlfriends and I decided to drive to Kingsland, GA to eat at a local southern restaurant.  We stopped at a nature walk along a river at Woodbine, GA.   

 While we were at the hotel, one of our credit cards was "compromised".  We had used it for the collision and damage insurance on our rental card.  So I called the credit card company about 6 days later to check on whether the insurance was still in effect.  They said it would be, but we didn't have that benefit with this card.  Well, we used to!!  She said several banks dropped that as a benefit February 1.  Dave said we get updates with changes yearly, so he probably didn't see that.  I went straight to Enterprise and changed the credit card so we could have insurance coverage.  We don't have a car, so we only have a liability policy for non car owners.  Thank goodness we didn't have an accident and made the switch. 

We had our fill of TV, not something we miss.

Mary, Nancy, Rhonda

March 23-27, 2021 2 Way Fish Camp boatyard and friends from MN

 March 23-we had a brief surprise visit from our cousin, John Zeller, from Ohio.  He as working in Kingsland, GA again and had half a day to kill before flying home.  Nice to see him again.

Dave, John, Mary and Pete.  The sunlight hit John's forehead and made it look like he was wearing a sweatband

That Tuesday afternoon, we moved our boat to Darien, GA.  We made plans with a boatyard, 2 Way Fishcamp to do some fiberglass work for us.  They estimated they could do the work in May. But last week they called and said “bring the boat over”.  We have a 6 foot bank of 3 windows across the ceiling of our salon that do not open.  They are for extra light only.  We had it replaced when we bought the boat because of a leak.  Over the years, we have repaired leaks several times.  We were planning to have it replaced a second time in the 8 years we have owned the boat.  After looking at several Beneteau forums online, we came to the realization that this is a problem with all Beneteau’s.  Several people opted to remove the window and place fiberglass.  We found a good fiberglass man in the area that thought it would be an easy solution.  So here we are.  It takes about 5 hours to get to Darien from the Brunswick Landing Marina.  Since we had a late start, we anchored close to Darien along the ICW.  It was great being at anchor again.

This is the car transporter ship that capsized in September of 2019.  It is being cut into pieces, welded to barges and shipped to Louisiana for scrap metal.  The large arch picks up the cut piece and puts it onto the barge.  The red is the bottom of the boat as it lays on it's side


caught the sunset from the helm as Dave is dropping the anchor

 On Wednesday, March 24, we brought our boat into the boatyard.  They lifted it out and put it in boat stands in the boatyard.  We could have stayed on the boat, but it wouldn’t be very comfortable, especially with them working on it.  

Heading to the boatyard
Dave was a little concerned that the current would take us right under that bridge-the mast doesn't clear that bridge

They had us tie up to the dock and wait for high tide to lift us out

the dock hands "bent us around" the corner of the dock.  Dave would prefer to motor away from the dock and then into the lift channel, but it's their boatyard.  They just walked the boat to the channel and turned it to the right to go under the blue framed lift
always scary to see your boat hanging in the slings


it always amazes me on how they can maneuver the lift around the boatyard



we were parked right next to Slapshot on the right.  He is our neighbor on dock 9 at Brunswick Landing Marina.  John is a hockey player, hence the name

we've been watching the bottom paint above the galley sink through hull.  We've been told Dawn dishsoap is removing the paint.

The first few days were spent with friend’s from U of Minnesota dental school, Diane Zimmerman and Mike Schadd.  Diane had just sold her dental practice and retired the end of 2020.  They had been in Florida and were heading back north.  Diane had found a nice VRBO house for all of us in Brunswick.  She made a nice pasta dinner for us the first night.

On Thursday, we toured Jekyll Island, a must do in the area.  When we arrived at Driftwood beach there was fog, which gave it an eerie look.  After driving around the island, we had a drink on the veranda at the Jekyll Island Club hotel, our favorite spot.  

Diane Zimmerman and Mike Schadd
Dave, Mary, Diane

Mike, Diane, Mary, Dave

on the veranda of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

We left the island and drove to Darien to have the best local shrimp at Skipper’s Fish Camp.



On Friday, Dave checked on the boat while the rest of us had a lazy day at the VRBO.  The guys picked up BBQ from Willie Jewell’s and brought it back to the house.  We had so much fun reminiscing and telling stories.

Diane and Mike headed north on Saturday.  We settled into a Best Western suite for the duration of the boat work.