First of, thanks Chris and Amber. You have done a wonderful job restoring Teresa. She was a beautiful boat from the beginning. Although, after over 20 years in storage she needed some love to get back into shape and you gave her the attention she needed. Everyone who sees her glide down the canals around Coral Island has given me compliments on how great she looks.
Bepi, Thank you for asking to come along. At times when I had a moment I looked your way and it made me smile. I could see you were enjoying the experience. In part because it was fun to watch. On the other hand because all you really had to do was watch and not worry about the boat, the trailer or any of the rest of it all. It was great to have you and everyone else along to see Teresa move to her new home.
Konnor, it was good to see you come along. I know things ran smoother with the move because you were there. You and Greg made a great team. I am still looking into your suggest shipping method for the new batela that is being built in Washington State. If it happens I will let everyone know it was your idea.
Last but not least, thank you Greg, I can’t say that enough. I need to move the gondola, I thought of who might be interested in helping out. I figured that you would want to see Teresa and I figured you would come up to see the location sometime. Your self diagnosis of gondola psychosis is well know. With this knowledge I figured I may as well roll it all into one trip… and have you bring Teresa with you. It was very good to hear when you said that you would be willing to move the boat with me. It was a smoother loading and hauling then anyone could hope for. Teresa got on the trailer smoothly and quickly. I found it funny that every time I tried to tie things down with a bungee cord you gave me just enough time to figure out it was not going to work and then walked up and put on a zip tie on 2 seconds. Your experience in moving gondolas showed.
I think it is a testament to everyone evolved how smoothly everything went. Everyone showed up not only to move the gondola, but also to get the chance to row her for a while. By the end of the day I leaned everyone was there for another reason, to help a friend.
So, to Greg, Konnor, Bepi, Chris and Amber, thank you for all of your help. Moving a gondola can be a stressful and frustrating day, but for
me it was not. You all helped to make Teresa’s move a quick, painless and successful experience.