-Do you want another coffee Sam?
-Yeah… not so much in the mood to start over the thru-holes…
-I know honey. It doesn’t drip much, but that is the thing to do.
-I wanna splice lines in the cockpit Cass, I am very discouraged.
-Every day brings surprises on Pablo, maybe it will be a good day!
-Yeah…. Says Sam not so enthusiastically.
TOC TOC TOC! We hear from outside :
Darkside? Everyone in the hard here knows we changed the boat name and hated the old one. Who could it be? Sam takes a look outside :
-Oh my god! Captain Bob!!! What a surprise! What are you doing here!
Captain Bob? Who the hell is Captain Bob you say? We gotta go back in time when we were about to buy the boat.
Remember when Sam flew back at the boat and needed to make a sea trial. Why, the seller needs to hire a Captain if they are not sailing the boat themselves. This is when Sam met Captain Bob. They sailed on Pablo together for a day while the surveyor was looking at all the system. We then bought the boat while we were back in Canada, once we had the survey’s result in hand. Happy times. Until the phone rang while at the summer work party.
-Hey Sam, Captain Bob on the line.
-Did you ended up buyiny their boat, Darkside?
-Yes, papers are signed. Why?
– You sure it’s yours?
– Well, our bank account is empty, so pretty sure yes. Why anyway?
– Big storm coming. I see your boat from mine here, and all hatches are open and I can tell you I haven’t seen the previous folks for at least 2 days…no one is coming to close them. You’re gonna get quite a mess in the boat I tell ya.
-Oh gosh! Can you run and close everything?!
Few minutes later, the phone rang again.
– Sam. The boat is a mess, boxes and stuff everywhere. There is even a guinea pig in a cage in there! But, don’t you worry, my wife and I will clean up everything, get the guinea pig out and close hatches. We will bug bomb in there too so all is good when you guys come back in 2 months.
-Wow…what can I say! You guys are amazing.
-That is what boat people do, we help each other. And by the way, I will tell them what I think when they’ll come back to get their guinea pig!
He was almost a stranger but took good care of our boat while we were gone.
Back to the yard; Captain Bob is now at the bottom of the ladder:
-What am I doing here, huh? Just got at anchor in front. Rocky says there is no place for my boat out on the hard because you couldn’t splash yesterday. I am here to help you. The faster YOU splash, the faster I can get my new bottom coat done too.
-Holly molly! I wasn’t expecting help this morning! That brings back some motivation.
-Put your coffee on the table and get that day started Sam. And let’s move that stupid fridge in front of your ladder. Who the hell put that there!
And that was the second surprise of that day. The orange fridge came back. Who took it? How? Where? … Who cares.