Fortunately for the world at large, while the captain is standing on his ear in the engine room muttering imprecations while attempting the impossible with the unlikely, other members of the crew are actually doing something pleasing even if their fingers are kinda sore. Behold our brand new reefing ties with 26 individual hand whipped ends. ( those of you with an interest in this sort of thing may want to view a closeup of this whipping in the gallery) And above all, remember what Devo said - "Whip it good!"
09/09/2011, eye eye dock !!
"Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down." - John Masefield
After 12 plus hours of driving to Solomons, back to Rappahannock with shed expelled stuff, and then back to Solomons in time for the splash today..all I can say is HOORAY!!!!!!! we are floating, the seal does NOT leak, not a drop!!! We are beat, having take out Chinese and watching a DVD and then sleeping in our bed..what a joy. It has been a tough month or so with driving the liferaft to Lake Suzy FL to watch it get repacked ( a week on the road) and then Irene, Lee and Katia ( a week on the hard)
I really miss my gently rolling bunk and the sounds of night birds on the water ...so tonight will be bliss.
Then early to rise, we will redress Ms. cimaise in her sails and lines ready to head away from the dock - hopefully this weekend. We need to motor in circles for a while to calibrate the Raymarine electronics..somehow this helps the fluxgate compass to find its little brain. Then we need to head up the Pataxuent to the measured mile buoys and calibrate our speed and rpms.
The actual boat work is down to dregs... install the new companionway steps onto the existing framework, reinstall the just returned Icom single Side band, which should be ready to rock and roll after visiting its family in Seattle; installing the outboard motor mount and the outboard; figuring out where we will store the 5-6 extra containers of diesel; and then the real battle....da da duh da!! we gotta fit all the crap in the shed into the boat...without getting a D-I-V-O-R-C-E.....the battle stands on tools versus food..hmmmmmm how many tools...how much food???? stay tuned to this site for continuing updates..this is getting close to the fun part!!!
"The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." -Henry David Thoreau
Well, here we be maties, on still land.. waiting for the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee to go away. It is cold and raining buckets off and on. The yard- where we hauled (expecting to be back in the water on Monday)- forbids staying aboard overnight. So the 4 days we worked on the boat we stayed at the Comfort Inn. Running out of inside work and nice weather for outside work we decided to scoot over to Rappahannock to camp at Dave's till Monday...till we noted that the fact that the yard was closed for the holiday ( oops we forgot it was a holiday...duh). So we planned on Tuesday but Lee will not go away.
So here it is Tuesday evening, we plan to rise at o'dark hundred and drive the 3 hours to cimaise in the rain and spend the day in the storage shed we rent -sorting and piling and loading the car with whatever we will not need for the actual boat loading. The shed is 40% full of scraps of plywood, stainless tubing cuts, large destructive tools and miscellaneous dregs of 15 years of projects. The remaining 60% is spare parts, dehydrated meals for 3 weeks at sea, Caribbean clothing and snorkeling gear, a couple bottles of Pussers rum, a liferaft, a dinghy and motor, all our sails (removed for the haulout and hurricane),various storm drogues, and boxes of precious thingamajigs we packed 10 years ago but cannot remember what or why. Tis time to sort, and a tropical downpour is a perfect day to spill the locker contents out into the hall and inventory and plan for storage, trash or back home. Back here tomorrow evening for another comfortable evening in Dave's guest room. We will spend Thursday sorting and stashing the rejects we bring back.
We plan to return to cimaise on Friday to splash, the rain will be nearly gone and we have a sailing date for Sunday and Monday.
The calendar is starting to quicken. The countdown is ticking..nine weeks!!! We are getting both excited and frightened. Capt. Mike is a constant calming voice. He is keeping touch with us as we finish up the projects and start sailing shakedown cruises. The weather ( Irene, Lee and Katia) have literally dampened our sailing schedule.
We discovered that the prop shaft seal was leaking on our last trip sail back from the Potomac River. This is not good. Too bad it did not leak going there, we would have saved a lot of money and time fixing when we fixed the keel. So we noted that, in order not to sink the boat, we would need to go back on the hard to replace the seal. We hauled out just in time to miss the winds and waves of Irene and have completed the repair. ( a real headache since there is not a micro millimeter of extra room on the shaft and the access - as always- is nearly impossible).
We installed the Monitor Windvane- (easier from a ladder than from a bobbing dinghy) The Monitor will steer the boat under sail, allowing the helmsman to spend his time on watch and adjusting the sails.
Hopefully I will get better at this as I go along..