There are still projects which need to be finished. I'm vacuuming or brushing off the entire boat - I started brushing after the vacuum cleaner almost fell into the bay. Hand-washing came next with no water allowed to stand or run off. This is the first step to working on the decks and sealing any cracks which are visible.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Early this morning we left the fuel dock and successfully anchored in the bay close to the marina.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Carnaval is coming. Tonight there was a parade with all the candidates for queen/king. Each candidate had an entourage designated by color.
This morning Dick found a new sewing project for me, but no machine could be used. Time to get out the sailmaker's palm, steel needle and pliers. Apparently I have a very good palm, it's stamped "US Navy, 1945."
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Just before we went in the water, Dick held a waterline contest. Whoever was passing by in the workyard was invited to mark on the port hull where they thought the boat would float once we we'd splashed. The loser bought pizza: Mike from Tazmo (far right) - thanks! and he didn't even eat one slice because of the new diet he's on.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
One of my friends asked where I've been the last few days since I hadn't been posting to the blog as expected. Here's my excuse: I've been working ... what? This sail needed some kind of cover to protect it from the sun. The first couple of attempts didn't work as hoped, then Dick thought of the bags that son Mike uses when rock climbing. A rectangles that gets folded and secured through the process. Here Dick is laying out the rectangle of canvas:
The lashing for the trampolines also needed protection. I used leftover UV-resistant material from the cockpit cushion covers. There are wires inserted into pockets on the underside along with many ties to keep it in place.
The next time you're having a bad day, think about Orasio for a moment. After we were launched and tied up to the fuel dock, Wizard moved into the Travelift to be hauled out. The owner told Orasio the aft sling was in the wrong place, but Orasio was sure about what he was doing.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Our transportation to and from the boat at anchor. A fold-a-boat: easy to raise and lower from the deck, easy to fold flat and lash on deck, ugly and engine-less so no one would want to steal her - so many advantages.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Last night, Dick was thrilled to be able to throw away all of his epoxy-ing and painting clothes, even a pair of shoes.