I’d been working in Ohio for the better part of a couple weeks, which timed out well with some family stuff Alli had going on in Columbus. We’d made big plans to visit friends in Indy for the weekend, so I wasn’t too excited last Wednesday to find this image pop up on my screen…
You might be able to see our boat, sitting snuggly beside the black H marking potential ground zero. I’ve been through this a few times before, so you’d think I’d have the boat all ready to go before traveling, but alas, I booked a flight. I managed to squeeze a trip down to the boat so to double up some dock lines between work trips.
I pulled into the marina in my rental car around noon Saturday hauling a suitcase full of 3-strand. We’d been gone for several weeks, so when I opened the companionway, I wasn’t surprised by the return of a slight old boat smell.
Until I opened the freezer.
The stench punched me in the face before I knew what happened. The normally frost-lined walls of our drop-in freezer were now lined with the aftermath of a busted can of biscuit dough.
The normally 15* freezer had become a 105* slow cooker. Fish, chicken, beef–all marinating in a soggy wasteland.
My immediate reaction was to close the lid and just pretend it didn’t happen. I went back outside to begin adding more dock lines in an effort to avoid the crime scene.
But the fresh air was no longer. I think the smell got on me. It permeated my being. I may never smell right again. (Alli: “Maybe this’ll make you smell better…”)
Nowhere on the boat was safe–I could barely keep from gagging, even on the foredeck. So I put on a mask and snorkel, climbed downstairs, and went bandaid on the situation.
It was awful. A roll of paper towels, 4 garbage bags, 2 sponges, a gallon of vinegar, thousands of dollars of essential oils, and one wardrobe later, I think we may be back on the road to recovery.
Time will tell. If not, we may just have to sell the boat. #kidding #sortof #boatlife
Oh, and “Hurricane” Erika? She’d had enough fun by the time she got to Cuba and gave up. At least we’ll be ready for the next one.