You saw the title and assumed we’d gotten mud baths and mani/pedis this weekend, right? Nope. This weekend, all of the TLC was for Nightingale Tune.
You see, when we’ve been out sailing for a while, the boat gets kind of… gross. It’s mostly due to our obsessive water conservation, but also, some projects just go better when you have a dock to stand on. Sometimes we’ll go for months before I insist that we take a slip and do a major deep cleaning. This time, the mildew (thanks, monsoon-like rain) pushed me over the edge after just five weeks. Luckily, just as I was about to lose it, we took a slip at IGY Marina at Rodney Bay and received our packages. Crisis averted.
Our stay here has been super productive. In addition to receiving our stuff, we managed to knock out all this in just two days:
Install winch on davits
Scrub decks, all nooks and crannies
Dremel off old anchor shackle
Install new anchor shackle
Clean and polish all stainless
Clean and polish strataglass
Soak corroded metal tools, housewares in vinegar
Shampoo interior throw rugs
Run AC to dry out cabin
Laundry – send to wash and fold, then put away
Organize cockpit supplies and storage
Fill water tanks
Clean out clogged cockpit drains and scuppers
De-mildew cockpit cushions
Wipe cabin down with vinegar (discourage mildew)
Provision cat supplies (fun fact, cats in the French islands don’t pee in litter)
Cut new, (pretty) white webbing straps to secure jerry cans
Clean, polish, and wax hull (ok, so we enlisted some help with this one – thanks Charlie and team! You guys made NT sparkle better than we ever could have ourselves.)
She’s feeling like a whole new boat – now let’s go sailing!