Saturday, February 16, 2008

February 10, 2008 - Whangarei

Today is our last day in the boat yard - and more importantly, our last night. We painted the bootstripe this morning (it looks great), which means that tomorrow morning we will hit the road for a month while the paint cures. When we return, we'll throw on some bottom paint and wax the topsides, put the shaft back in, realign the engine, and about thirty other things. But for the next month, the nine of you that are still reading this blog can look forward to posts about our travels, rather than having to listen to me whinge* about life in the boat yard.

The past month in the boat yard hasn't been all bad. We have met some terrific folks (Jamie - we're going to miss you) and learned a few key kiwi phrases:

"Mate, shout me a beer" - translates roughly as I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

"She'll be right" - could be New Zealand's national slogan; as aptly applied to the prospects for a good road trip or relaunching your vessel in a timely fashion.

"Sweet as" - an infinitive superlative tacked at the end of a phrase used to describe something so good you don't even have the words (ex: Getting away from the boat yard is sweet as.)

* whinge - to whine

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