The Waiting Game

So a week ago, I’m on the water in Virginia, trying real hard to get Magic Carpet moved to the boatyard in Portsmouth to have some mechanical work done. We spend all morning Friday on paperwork, and the afternoon dodging bridge opening schedules and police divers. The plan was, if we got to the yard early enough, say 2:00 or 2:30, we’d be hauled from the water that afternoon.

Well, that didn’t work out so well, and we didn’t arrive at the yard until almost 5:00. Like most places, near 5:00 on a Friday afternoon, not a lot is going to get done, and true to form, the boat had to stay in the water for the night.

I talked to the Shop Supervisor and told him what needed to be done, then left her (the boat, not the shop supervisor) there at the dock for the night and flew home to Orlando the following morning.

I figured that bright and early on Saturday, she’d be pulled out, or at the latest, on Monday.

Silly me.

Last night, the SS (something about those initials just doesn’t seem right) said on the phone that he’d “try” to get her out of the water THIS Friday.

I see a pattern developing here. With all things boat-related, the general rule seems to be that less is unlikely, and more is nearly assured.

As in:
Spending less than you planned on any given item is unlikely…spending more is nearly assured.

Getting something done in less time than you anticipated is unlikely…having it take longer then you anticipated is nearly assured.

So, we wait.

I can fill some of the time perusing nautical catalogs and purchasing bits and pieces we’ll need for the trip south, but most of the next who-the-heck-knows-how-many weeks will be spent waiting for that dreaded call from the SS.

“Ve are finished…ve must talk.”


About TwoCaptains

The TwoCaptains are Jim and Janet, both US Coast Guard licensed boat captains home-ported in Daytona Beach. We recently sold our 1990 Ocean Yachts 56' CPMY "Magic Carpet", and now we're in the hunt for a replacement.
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