In the meantime, were the boat was docked, if a tropical storm or hurricane comes, you have to get the boat out of the marina and put it on a trailer or in the mangroves. Even if we had a trailer, I couldn't imagine the line of panic to have a boat out of the water, nor do I want to mess with a mangrove. So we called around the various marinas and found that the one, Compass Point, that was already in the mangroves, therefore you do not have to move the boat. They just do a system of chains and ropes with all the docks and boats. The marina is about 5 minutes further from Red Hook or 15-20 minutes from our house. There was only one slip available and it was for 30+ foot boats, so we have to pay for a 30 foot and the cost is $16/ft. Not bad, $490/month. Yes we could have found a mooring for less, but with two dogs and the ability to walk right on board, priceless!
Now Independent is essentially a dirt parking lot were a lift takes your boat out and places it on a stand. The place is HOT with no breeze and no shade, not to mention all the dust from the other boats being sanded down. While we had the boat out, we had to have a survey done for the insurance company. The survey revealed some minor issues, but as I was going over the boat I found some fiberglass damage on the leading edge of the hull. Also, the aluminnum weld on the t-top had a hairline crack, but the entire unit could lift up. So scrambling in the boat yard we found the fiberglass repair guy and the welder, they both kindly fit us in.
After more prodding, the boat got painted. I think we must had lost 10 pounds each from hanging around that boat yard, it was HOT! Not to mention the constant darting from yard to boat store to the owner's shop.
We had all the dock lines made at Budget Marine, the boat store at the boat yard. It was a challenge getting all the lines just right, but I have to give Shannon all the credit for doing such a great job of getting it perfect.