We hired two surveyors, one for the hull and the other one for the engine. We boarded and cruised over to Snead Island Boat Works to have Kaleidoscope hauled for a hull inspection. Coming back she was put through several test to check engine parameters and inspect all systems while underway to make sure everything was in working order. The engine surveyor spent two hours that morning taking oil samples and started with a cold engine. His assistant photographed every nook and cranny for the final survey report. Kaleidoscope passed with only a few minor fixes and one major fix, new fuel tanks. The owners had a new bottom job done on Kaleidoscope so it passed with flying colors. Now All we need to do is come up with a new name.
Our boat was named Kaleidoscope from the original owner. This is not a name we want to be remembered by. They say that people on the Loop don't always remember names of people but they do tend to remember the names of boats. If you have never tried to come up with a name for a boat then you can't appreciate the struggle we had coming up with "the name". After several weeks of tossing out names, phrases, and silly stuff, we hit on a name that would set right with both of us. We blended my favorite color and Meg's favorite color (green/blue) and came up with the color name "VIRIDIAN". Also, Viridian is the color of the water along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast. Perfect. Now we have a name for our boat that is part of us and our journey.
That's the news and here's the views:
We are here
Snead Island Boat Works
Snead Island Boat Works for Survey of Hull
Bottom completely refurbished
Riding along on the sea trial during the survey
Temporary Quarter Board