Height limitations required the removal of a great deal of deck gear,
so Don flew up to Connecticut for that. My mom and dad packed the remaining items that we wanted from our house in Ohio, and
drove to Pawcatuck with one of my cats to meet Don and help out with the disassembly. Don and dad had two days to complete
the task, but managed it in about 6 hours - even in the rain.
We finally received the papers for the boat at the end of
September. That’s when the true fun began. The amount of scheduling and preparation required for shipping the ship was a real challenge.
We made arrangements for the marina in Connecticut to haul our boat out of the water, and scheduled a lift to remove the
mast and load her onto the truck. When we tried to schedule our contracted trucker to be there on the day of the load, he
backed out with a rather lame excuse. Hurricane Katrina had hit, gas prices soared, and we believe he didn’t want
to honor the quote for which we originally contracted. We scrambled to contract another trucker at the last minutes, and
fretted about their reliability since these last minute changes prevented us from researching credentials.