My sweet, loving Captain Al, best husband in the world, took on a project that would make my life easier and safer. After my fall from the swim platform last spring, the wheels in his head began to turn, unbeknownst to me at first. He started muttering about “bars.” Hmm….bars as in pubs? Ice cream bar? Candy bar? Shower curtain bar? Chin-up bar? There are a lot of possibilities! Al had decided we needed bars on the swim platform. Watching me tumble to the ground and break my back and then struggle and fail to get into the dinghy got his project juices flowing. It was obvious to him that bars on the platform would be a real asset, especially since both of us are not getting younger. These bars are officially called “staples”. Seems like an odd name to me, but there are lots of odd names for the parts of a boat. After researching the name, the reason was pretty simple – these bars are called “staples” because that’s what they look like. Ok……
Al began the planning phase of this project while the boat was still in the water.
The project turned out to be more complex than anticipated. The guys were able to figure out just what they wanted and needed, but could not find a place to manufacture their custom bars. Al searched for a shop here in CT and Anthony searched in Maryland. Maryland won the contract over Connecticut!
Once the bars were fabricated, our set was stored on Magnolia. It was now October, Kindred Spirit was out of the water and Magnolia was nestled in the Chesapeake Bay. Road trip! We met in New Jersey by car and made the transfer. It was a good excuse for a visit and an outdoor lunch. After the transfer, we returned home. Seven hours of driving on the road is nothing for a boat project. 🥴😜🙃
With the finished bars now in hand, Al began work on the installation phase.
Our swim platform really got a makeover! In addition to the staples, there is a new swim ladder. I enjoy swimming off the boat so a good ladder is critical. Although I was never able to get into the water last summer, Al tested the ladder and decided it should be replaced with a longer one.
Some women get flowers and candy, or fancy jewelry. To me, nothing says love like protecting the woman you love. I feel loved.