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Westsail 32: Kabuki
Getting Ready for our first voyage together.
Cockpit cover

Last weekend we put up the new cockpit covers. I made them using my old hand crank singer sewing machine, they turned out alright even if I do say so myself. Apart from that Paul and did not do much else on the boat. We are waiting for Friday when Kabuki is hauled out at Norsand for her yearly round-up. This year Kabuki is being hauled out at a slipway, this apparently is alot kinder to the hull than a travel-lift, but who really knows?
We are quite excited, because it means the move on to the boat won't we too far away. But it also means lots of work over the next 3-4 weeks to get Kabuki ship-shape.
Work has been good this week, but then it is a short week for me as I am having Friday off. I drive the Library Bus on Saturday, but it is only for 5 hours and it is quite a bit of fun doing it.
The Photo is of the new covers on Kabuki.

Life is strange

Preparation for the trip is still underway. I have finished the cockpit side covers
and started packing some of our stuff for storage. I need to buy some bedding for the boat, so that may be done this weekend.
This week at work I applied for 4 months leave without pay, I have been told by my Supervisor that it is very unlikely that I will get it. I sort of feel that they don't want to give me the leave because they don't want a job gap for 6 months. So this means I will have to resign, In some ways I am disappointed because I was doing very well with my job. I had found my niche....I think.
Oh well when one door closes another opens, who knows what will come next. I may have to diverge into a completely different career path.....perhaps
sales at Burnsco Marine. Or perhaps I could just be a bum, and live off whatever I can scrounge up.

The world is my oyster

08/29/2009 | Carleen
What a shame that some employers don't understand that valuing their staff comes in more forms that just a pay packet. Sometimes a bit of flexibility on an employers part returns a win win situation - a happy, well traveled staff member who has so much more to share in return for the retention of precious business knowledge and know how. Well, their loss.
Another book

Being a Librarian I forever have my nose in a book. Well not quite, but they seem to be a big part of my life. Being a Sailor I seem to read lots of sailing books. At the moment I am reading "Land from the Masthead" by Philip Houghton. It is an account of a circumnavigation of New Zealand in the wake of Captain Cook.
A passage from the book has caught my fancy. Phil mentions another book by Herbert Guthrie-Smith called "Mutton birds and other birds"published in 1914. Guthrie-Smith writes.
" "Back to the Wilds" is what will bring to each who makes the trial the happiness that brings no later regrets, from which all troubles will be forgotten, and which, unlike any other portion of out lives, will leave the memory only of its pleasures behind. Assuredly in this 20th century we are attempting an over-civilisation, and Men have almost come to believe that to walk all day in street or to sit at ledger and desk is the natural lot. He who so thinks has lived but half his life- he has failed to enjoy the savage latent in himself. It is hearing and sight - those most ancient senses in the frame of man, that give in their exercise the fullest joy, and to listen and watch are more than to think."
Obviously a man before his time, these sentiments are still true for the 21st century, in fact even more so. Eustace Conway (Last American Man) would probably agree whole heartedly with that sentiment. (if you haven't heard about Eustace Conway... Google him)

Anyway back to my reading.............

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