Safari Endeavour Re-Enters the Water
It is an exciting day here on the Safari Endeavour! After nearly three weeks of sitting on blocks in the dry dock, the Safari Endeavour re-enters the water and becomes a ship once again!
Our annual dry dock period is far less glamorous than our normal sailing operations, but provides us the rare opportunity to tackle some of the less accessible areas of the vessel. Although we painted a great deal of the ship’s exterior, much of the work done during this time is in the bilges, deep inside tanks, and at the bottom of voids.
These areas require a great amount of work and this maintenance work is crucial to the overall health of the ship. For example, this yard period we cleaned and inspected all of our fuel tanks. We dropped our two anchors and their 1,080-foot of chain to the dry dock in order to inspect and re-strengthen the steel chain lockers. We pulled and inspected every valve on board which opens to the sea – 54 of them! And we pulled deck plates and painted our bilges.
It is now time to move the ship from the blocks and back into the water. We laid the deck plates back down; we’ve dogged the hatches, and tightened all the bolts on the tank openings. Most of our hard work is tucked away for another year; but our boat is now all the better for her year of upcoming expeditions.
Going green! Captain Tim Voss & Kendra Nelson show off the new environmentally-friendly paint job on the Safari Endeavour