I say this every year, but really, it is true. We toil diligently, doggedly all winter long on the mothership and the business. We pay great attention to tiny details guests will never see or realize, but all the efforts are entirely focused towards finally leaving the dock for our season! Whales, dolphins, sunsets, snow capped peaks, new friends, that is the motivation behind this whole endeavour.
After working alone the whole winter on the Columbia III, installing a new radar, electronic compass, fuel transfer system, satellite phone, and zillions of small upgrades and minor maintenance details (some one has to change the water filters), the crew began working in earnest on the annual painting refit on the first of April. Now, a month and many hours and sheets of sand paper later . . . we pulled the mothership carefully out of the boatshed. Everyone came down for the ceremony, the splendour! and the excitement! WOW! She really, really looks shiny and perfect. But after all that effort she’d better look good.
As I stood back to admire all the hard work that has gone into preparing the Columbia III, I noticed the reflection. “Now that’s a shiny boat! Look at the bell!” Even on a dull grey day, the bell cast a reflection on the wheelhouse wall.