Updated: Dec 13, 2019
When we arrived at the boatyard, we had no idea how long we would be there. We guessed that would depend on how fast we could get all the "must be done on the hard" things done. Everything else we could do on the water. An estimate of about three weeks was what Craig thought. I thought double that. Little did we know that by being in Fort Pierce would make a huge difference in getting stuff completed or not.
We got there on January 21. We started working as soon as we got there. Craig didn't mind it too much because it was still cold at night so it took quite a while for it to heat up. The very first thing I did was take off the old name "VOMO". That name mean't home, according to the previous owner. They got it from some Pacific Island culture.
I googled it. I found all kinds of stuff, but nothing regarding home. The first one was the Latin for to be sick, or vomit. Another was to discharge, spew out, or belch out. Another was a homosexual vampire. The closest was laid back, barefoot luxury. That would kind of make sense. The most interesting was from the Kalbarian Philosophy for the body, mind and spirit. Being balanced. "The name of Vomo creates a very likeable easy going and good-natured personality with a love for people. You will do anything to avoid friction among others. You could have musical or artistic talents but find it difficult to concentrate your efforts in one area long enough to accomplish anything. Spontaneous, happy-go-lucky, and expressive yourself, you like to see people happy and go out of your way to create harmony amongst them. You find it difficult to discipline your desires and emotional feelings. Too idealistic and impractical through the use of this name, you would not find it easy to make a success in the business world. You are inclined to procrastinate and let things slide and to make promises that you find difficult to fulfill although you have the best of intentions." Interesting.
Taking off the name was easy. It basically just peeled off. Then I started on the cove stripes. That was quite a bit harder. I had to use a heat gun and a putty knife to get it off. I worked from sun up to sundown for 2-1/2 days. It wasn't hard, just tedious and boring. Then I had to go over it all with alcohol so that it was clean for the lady to come and put on her decals. She was supposed to come in about three days. Craig started to compound the hull so that it would be super clean and get a good stick on it from the adhesive. We actually got it done, even cleaning off the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) smile on the bow. It looked really good.
We used Sign Design for the name. She was supposed to come by and check to see if everything was OK with the decals she produced. We had some changes on the ones for the stern so she said she'd be back. It took her another week to come back. It looked really nice. Even the people in the boatyard were watching our progress. We were going to do the cove stripe ourselves. The wind kept blowing and all we did was made a mess. We gave up. There had to be a trick to it. So we called someone else to do it. She named her company Sly Fox. Again, it took the other lady a while to show up. Everyone around here seemed to be on their own time. No sense of urgency. But in the end, again, it looked so nice. Then we polished the hull and we were done with that. On to the next project.