We are temporarily returning to land life. We are going on vacation and Rhapsody is not going with us. She will remain behind and receive some needed repairs and improvements while we trek across the United States.
Rhapsody will get a new bottom job, new rigging and various other repairs that can be done while we are off the boat. It is always a bit nerve wracking to have work done while we are away, but that is what we have decided to do. Imagine having contractors work on your house while you are gone. You have to trust the contractors. We researched the boatyard and the workers, and on recommendations of friends we feel we have left Rhapsody in good hands.
One of the projects to be tackled is the transom ( our back deck). Some of the teak was soft and squishy. We knew it was going to need to be replaced, but we assumed it was teak over fiberglass. When the teak was removed there was a hole, leading into the bilge. Surprise! We are glad to be having this fixed.
We flew out of Grenada, over Prickly Bay where we had been anchored, and into the US. We have already spent time in Miami, and both North and South Carolina. It is taking a bit of adjustment for us, both being on land and being back in the United States.
We have seen turtles in the swamps of South Carolina and