|Milly in the Peake parking lot, looking like a fish out of water.|
The days leading up to our departure were full, busy and so hot that it looked like we had just come on board from a refreshing swim - no such luck. We spent a few days at dock and, for the first time since our one nighter at Frade, near Angra Dos Reis, nearly four months before, we had unlimited fresh water to desalt, scrub and polish Milly. We were like kids in a water park.
|Approaching the slings. A diver placed them in just the right spot under her hulls.|
We were also able to plug into shore power - although one of our two lines was not working and must be attended to on our return. We had enough power to use air conditioning which we used with wild abandon throughout each hot night. Unlike an anchorage which most often has a breeze even on a hot night, marinas are sheltered with no cooling afforded by moving air.
|Hung and coming ashore via the travel lift.|
Our two days at the dock were spent replacing oil and oil filters on our three engines, flushing the raw water coolant on four engines (including our outboard on TomTom), spraying and taking down our screecher and genoa, and other odds and ends.
|The power sprayer guy has been doing the job for years. He's an expert, getting into all sorts of contortions to get into every nook and cranny.|
|Two months worth of corrosion on anodes and barnacle growth on propellor. Doesn't take long!|
|Set up for the next leg of the journey on a flat bed truck with six huge legs holding Milly up and level.|
|Off she goes|
Then Milly landed and we followed her to the pen. I made friends with the head of security - wise move since she handles the dogs and we did not want to be in the pen at the same time. And an incredibly sweet woman once you acquiesce to the very seriously followed rules.
|Arrived in new home. Note rickety ladder that slid back and forth on Milly's sugar scoop as you climbed aboard.|
Milly on land is a different beast. You climb up an unsteady ladder, spray water from the hydrant below, work with no breeze but lots of humidity and look down fifteen feet to green grass. Knowing that salt would be our primary foe once away, drawing moisture, mildew and mould to all surfaces, we cleaned everything! I have never washed floors as often as on Milly but this time it was not just floors - all cushions, wood and leatherette-covered walls, tables, counters, mirrors, head fibreglass - everything was wiped with vinegar and water. The bilges were cleaned and dried. Heads were filled and covered with plastic wrap. Mattresses were flipped and propped so they aired underneath. All bedding, towels, clothes that were remotely salty were laundered (at the laundromat) and packed. The freezer was defrosted and fridge and freezer cleaned and dried. We have a dehumidifier on constantly with multiple extra dehumidifying devices. A caretaker is looking in on Milly and cleaning her deck of bird poop each week.
|Ant grease applied.|
|Scuppers covered with mesh and tape to keep out critters|
|Ready to go!|
It was a great but exhausting week. We left Milly in good shape and good hands. And are looking forward to our return.