This room below was our new low in cost. We paid 400 Rand for the room with the double/queen bed and our en suite toilet and shower. We'd originally agreed to a 170 Rand room (the only one available) without the shower and toilet, but the receptionist showed us this room that was suddenly available too. We upgraded. We loaded and unloaded the car through the window next to the bed. It was fine, but the lights in the shower didn't work. No big deal. We were the only whites in the place, but had no issues. We found some new fast food restaurants in town that were hopping and grabbed dinner there. There were no restaurants in this town and we called it an early night.
We decided to haul YOLO out for a touch-up paint job and to get new zinc anodes put on. Since it was all underwater work, we needed to be hauled out. Zululand Yacht Club was virtually next to Tuzi Gazi Marina, so we motored over on a Wednesday afternoon and had to take a berth for the night so we could be hauled at high tide Thursday morning and just sit on the trailer for the weekend before being plopped back in. We had to back into a space between two other catamarans. You can see some of the black smudges from being tied up to the wharf in Richards Bay.
The keels were still too close to the ground, so the workers had to lay planks in front of the tires to raise the trailer as it moved slowly over the ground. Place a plank, move the trailer a little bit with the tractor, pull the plank out and reposition it in front of the tire again so the trailer could be pulled a few more feet by the tractor. They did this over and over and over until they got the boat up the ramp, onto the flat yard and then backed into a space where we could sit for the weekend. They could've just put some more air in the tires to raise the whole trailer a few inches, but this process took hours instead. Welcome to the brain trust working in South Africa.
We helped our friends, Jim and Linda on Chesapeake, get out of their slip in the marina on Christmas morning. Our Christmas present was a weather window to finally move south! We scurried to get ready enough to get going. We had to board Chesapeake to help them retrieve an anchor in the fairway; they'd had to put out an anchor while at the dock because the docks at Tuzi Gazi were in such terrible shape that they wouldn't remain in place in the winds. Jim dropped us off onto another boat and headed out to anchor.
Jason tightened the little blue boat's lines to keep it farther back from us. Friends helped us with our lines to maneuver ourselves out of the tight place and we headed out to anchor for the night, too. We'd cleared out on the day before and intended to leave Christmas night.
We're off to Simon's Town at the Cape!