Monday, August 29, 2016

New Trailer

Got a call from the dealer on Friday telling me my new trailer arrived and was available for pick up. Great!

Couldn't get there on Friday and the guy I worked with to order the trailer wasn't available until Monday. So, I picked up my new Genesis trailer this morning.

All the lights worked. I expected the (empty) trailer to bounce a little bit on the way home but it didn't. The hubs were cool to the touch when I got home (about a 45 mile trip).

I am pleased.

Now, I just need to get the bunks adjusted and Gardens on the trailer.

PS: I expect to be cleared for all normal activities on Wednesday and back to work on Gardens by Thursday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Everyone's a Critic

We've got children and grandchildren visiting this week. The grandchildren are cute, bright, active and imaginative.

One of today's activities was to show Gardens to the four-year old grandson. He walked into the Boat Bay, walked around Gardens, thought for a moment and declared, "It's not stable!" and walked out of the barn.

Now, I'm not sure if he was being critical of the design, my workmanship or a combination of the two. I'm going to guess a four-year doesn't know too much about boat design (impressive enough that he knows - and used - the word stable) so I don't think he was really criticizing John Welsford's design.

And, while I wish my workmanship was better, I really don't believe he was commenting on my work either, so I'm not sure what prompted the remark.

On the other hand, he asked when the boat would be ready for sailing (always a good question)…

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Two Good Things

First, my surgeon cleared me for "normal" activities with a few restrictions:
  • No lifting of more than 20# for the next three weeks,
  • No bike riding for the next two weeks,
  • No yard-work for the next three weeks
Back to work on Gardens!

Second, the trailer shopping trip was successful! Oh, not that I purchased a trailer yesterday but the dealer understood what I'm looking for. I had some questions the sales guy couldn't answer - but he called the manufacturer (Genesis Trailers) to get answers.

I ordered a new single-axle, galvanized, bunk trailer for Gardens today!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Resting Soft Tissue

"Resting soft tissue" was Jan's mantra following her hip replacement surgery last fall. While my surgery on Thursday was no where near as major as a hip replacement, I am resting soft tissue. All is well - as long as I take it easy for a few days (and follow the surgeon's directions).

Of course, I've already changed my mind about refitting Karen Ann's trailer. I took a good look at it on Wednesday and decided a refit wouldn't be worth doing. I'd still have two boats and one trailer - and fitting the trailer to both boats isn't feasible.

On Friday - with nothing to do but rest, read and peruse the internet - I found a nearby dealer for both Genesis and Karavan trailers. As soon as I can resume "normal" activity, I'll pay the dealer a visit and see about a new trailer for Gardens.

In the meantime, I'll continue resting soft tissue and catching up on my reading.