Again I'm writing this update some time after the fact so my memory may be a little hazy. After 6 month in the water Bumblebee was booked in to Ascar Marine to be lifted out and have her bottom scrubbed. I've stayed onboard in a dry dock before and know that it can be very tedious living up a ladder with no running water so I booked us into an apartment overlooking Cartagena's Roman Theatre for a couple of days.
This was just to be a short visit to get some work done and maybe go for a quick sail up the coast. We motored out of the marina to the Varadero where she was lifted out to reveal colonies of weed and barnacles all over her hull. The boat yard were not remotely phased by this and did a great job of cleaning her down and applying some hew coats of antifoul. While this was going on Julia stayed in the town and did some work while I serviced Bumblebee's winches, engine and got up to date with general maintenance.
Bumblebee was back in the water with a shiny clean bottom so we decided to sail just up the coast to a couple of marinas beside Mar Menor, a large inland lagoon. On the spur of the moment our friend Katy jumped on a plane to join us.
By now Julia had a ring on her finger so we had lots of planning to get back to.