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Yard Work In The New Year

The Key West Fury being lifted out of the water.

By Shayne Benowitz

Fresh starts and new beginnings in the New Year… This can meet a lot of different things to a lot of people. At Fury, we’re sprucing up our fleet with a rotating schedule of yard work and Coast Guard inspections.

Inside Nicole’s office is a huge dry erase board with a grid featuring all ten of our boats. The chart keeps us on top of inspections, certifications, etc for all of our vessels.

The clock hardly struck midnight ushering in 2011 before Fly Girl came out of the water. The Key West parasail crew spent a week in the yard waxing, bottom painting, and performing routine maintenance on the old girl.

Marius in the yard with Fly Girl.

Next up was the Key West Fury. I’ve spent my fair share of time in the yard for both the catamarans and the parasail boats, and those massive 65’ catamarans are quite an undertaking. The boat has to be lifted out of the water using a giant crane. This time around, the mast also had to be removed for inspection.

Key West Fury.

In the yard, the more hands on deck the better. Captains Chuck and Steve have been laboring hard with their crew all the while Boss Man Bubba Marius has been keeping everyone on task. The deck is being repainted along with most of the interior, as well as the bottom and the hull. The crew has been waxing, sanding, scraping, priming, painting, acetoning, etc, etc.

Right now, we’re ahead of schedule, and the Key West Fury should be back in the Westin Marina by tomorrow afternoon. More haul outs and inspections are scheduled for the next month ensuring all our vessels are in tip top condition and at their sparkling finest for all of you to enjoy. Speaking of which, an afternoon Reef & Rita snorkel trip sounds pretty good right about now!

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer. For more travel stories visit her at web.me.com/shaynebeth and follow her at twitter.com/ShayneBenowitz.

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