Checking Off Projects
13 March 2011
John's Blog Updated. Originally posted here: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: 20.691867 Longitude: -105.293009
Today was a very busy day, full of lots of projects. I started with doing four quick projects - finished installing bolts for side rails to hold extra fuel cans, installed chafe protection on our dock lines, ground off an old bracket we no longer use on the stern railing, and trimmed a wood covering for one of our storage areas.
Next, Bruce and I worked on finishing installing the mast camera. We thought it would be a fairly quick project, but it ended up taking just about all afternoon. One major hold up was that the cable kept getting stuck inside the mast as we tried to pull it through. But now the installation is finished and we have a nice forward looking camera to help us avoid hitting coral heads. On the way back down the mast I swung from side to side and washed down the rigging with soap and water.
While at the top of the mast I had a chance to take a few more photos of the marina. One of our new neighbors even brought a helicopter with them. We are thinking of seeing if we can clear some space on our front deck and maybe we will get one too. It would be much easier to be able to move between the anchorage and shore by helicopter instead of having to inflate the dingy and make our way through the waves.
While we were working on the camera Pascale was busy unpacking all the things we had bought from Costco a few days ago. The vacuum sealer turned out to be a great purchase. We are able to quickly seal up our provisions such as flour, rice, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, sugar, paper towels and paper napkins. Besides reducing the amount of storage space all these things take and preserving freshness, everything is now also water proof.
To celebrate our progress, we went out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant here at the marina.