When we started our family sailing adventure, we left the US with over 100 bottles of decent red wine, saved from the house and toted down to the boat during multiple trips. Over years of cruising, we slowly drank those bottles, mostly with friends throughout the years. This last bottle we saved. We wanted to drink it in celebration. The night we heard that the mechanic and our parts would show up the next day, we drank and savored the last bottle. Yep, it was great and we appreciated it very much.
In anticipation of the mechanics showing up, all I really wanted was parts and mechanics to show up the next day, my birthday. And what a great present it was to have them show up…and start work immediately. Within an hour of showing up, the mechanics had “unseized” our pistons, they were moving.
With the mechanics on the boat, things started to get real. We needed to start clearing ALL of our stuff off the boat. It did take awhile to get the parts back and get these excellent mechanics to the boat, but I think it was worth the wait (although I admit I don’t have much patience). So we started to pack; packing the first box of stuff to “officially” take off the boat and get to our shed, starting to make decisions about donate, ship or take on a plane.
After 12 hours of being on the boat, the engine work progressed rapidly and immense weight fell off my shoulders as I realized we had finally made the right decision on parts and mechanics.
Engine work is progressing rapidly and we’re super excited to see Tulum cleared of our stuff. We put in an offer on another sailboat that wasn’t accepted so we’re looking at other family adventure options. We’re not heading back to a brick and mortar type adventure right now, we’re going to continue traveling to cool places. Think we’re done? We’re not. Keep Reading!