Setting a Few Things Right
21 January 2012 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
This morning we were glad to hear the cruisers net here at Thompson Bay. It's run by Mike at Long Island Breeze. We weren't sure what his status was because we heard he got hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irene. We went in there later in the day and found that his docks were damaged but are back in place. He had sand in his pool and all the way up on the second floor balcony of his building, but there's no sand left on his beach. So some folks are there helping him shovel sand back in place (I think he had some trucked in). Bud is going to give them a hand in the morning.
After breakfast and the beaching of the dog, while I was doing regular boat chores, Bud took a look at our anchor chain hawse pipe. He found the hose clamp that held it in place had a totally rusted out screw (even though it's stainless steel). Also, the set screw that is there had also backed out. He replaced the hose clamp and reset the set screw and that should be OK for a while.
Next we tackled the lazy jacks and putting the main sail right. Bud cranked me up the mast in the boatswains chair with the end of the lazy jack line. I led it through the pulley and started to pull the lazy jacks up. They were tangled. So I hung there about halfway up the mast while Bud got them untangled. I wish I'd taken the camera. It was windy, but this is a protected bay so it wasn't that rough. I counted 20 boats in the anchorage. Once the lazy jacks were untangled I pulled the line through and dropped it to Bud who tied it below. Then he lowered me down from the mast. We were able to get the lazy jacks tight and the main back in the stack pack without having to pull it back up, which was good because it was pretty windy (about 15 to 18 knots, I'd guess).
We were both really tired after yesterday's sail and the busy day prepping the boat at the Marina at Emerald Bay the day before. We both took naps after lunch. I think I actually fell asleep (I can never sleep in the day).
Once we'd had our power naps we took Fuzzy and dinghied over to Long Island Breeze to check it out. That's when we found out about the sand. I was going to ask about internet, but forgot. We're going back tomorrow, first with Fuzzy to help with the sand, and then in the afternoon without Fuzzy to watch one of the football play- off games. I'll take the computer then and post for tomorrow and add pictures. The only picture I have for today is one I took at sunrise, so we have sunset on Long Island followed by sunrise on Long Island.