The Robin Blue is Headed Home!

After four long, long months of shipyard, the F/V Robin Blue is homeward bound!  A mountain of issues and necessary repairs had delayed this departure for months, but tens of thousands of dollars later and she is now a practically new boat, chugging toward the west coast.  She departed from her previous home of Bayou la Batre, Alabama last week and is headed for the Panama Canal.

Here she is in her former life, as the F/V Little Skinner

Before her transformation

Here she is after a few months of work and a new paint job!

That's our dog Dora. She loved hanging out in the shipyard.

Here she is, about to get put back in the water for the first time.

I was thinking, "please don't let it sink!"

She floats!

No longer the Little Skinner, now the Robin Blue

Here she is, all fueled up and ready to take off on her epic journey

All ready to go

At the moment the Robin Blue is somewhere off the coast of Mexico, but unfortunately Zed is not on the boat.  We completely ran out of money, so Zed had to fly home to go crabbing while his wonderful awesome spectacular friends Rick, Justice, and Mark drive his boat home without him.  It is a less than ideal situation for everyone, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for the Robin Blue and the crew that the weather stays warm and calm, and that they make a speedy trip home.

In my next post I’ll write about all the wonderful people that have helped us out along the way.  There is no way we could have pulled this off without the assistance of so many friends and family members (and even some people that were total strangers).  

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8 thoughts on “The Robin Blue is Headed Home!

  1. Whew! Congratulations, Robin and Zed. I know all too well what life is like when boat projects spiral out of what you’d anticipated, so am glad that you have such good, boat-savvy friends to handle the voyage. She’ll be a beautiful addition to the harbor!

    • Thanks Tele,
      It was a huge relief getting the boat in the water and moving in the right direction. There were a few times I wasn’t sure it was ever going to happen. Still, I don’t think i’ll be able to breathe easy until the boat is here on the coast and catching crab. Gotta make some money!!!
      -Robin

  2. Zed, PRAISE BE!!!!!!!! Your mom has kept me updated on the boat saga. Congratulations, Capt’n Zedder. Cuzin Judi

    • Hi Judi!
      Thanks for visiting my blog. If you subscribe you will get all my blog updates emailed to you (a good way to keep tabs on Zeddy).
      I hope you are doing well,
      Robin

  3. Hello Robin and Zed,

    Fullfilling a dream, spending money you don’t have in the present, hoping and believing that the returns will be there in the near future. Guided by faith and optimism. The dream of that big catch, that big season. Some things about fishing never change.

    For any of it to happen, you have to have your gear in the water. Keep up the good work.

    Paul (Ellen and Amy’s dad),
    who remembers you growing up in Acme.

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