29 September 2017 | Cascais
15 September 2017 | Angra do Heroismo
04 September 2017 | Marina Porto das Pipas, Angra do Heroismo, Terceiera, Acores
Hot vac time
14 November 2017
Hi Mom, Katface is in the paint booth all cozy with the hot vacuum system on the second spot so far. The moisture levels came down well in the first spot. This means that the job is actually moving forward. Yeah.
I also walked over to the new place we have rented starting the 5th of December and also signed the rental contract today. Much bigger and nicer and closer to the boat. Sadly a lot more money but we could not stay in this little place over the Christmas week and they wanted daily rates for the rest of December so we would not have saved mush and still had to move out...
Meanwhile ... I have been learning Portuguese, or at least trying to. Here is a sentence I ran into today; "Dois homens and duas mulheras." (2 men and 2 women). They have two different words for the number two that depend on the gender of the subject!!!! No wonder it we could not seem to get it right. A typical experience is to try to say something in Portuguese and get the null reponse, at which point they come back in English, and finally say "oh you tried to say blah blah" where blah-blah sounds like what we said in the first place. Fun but slow. Part of the problem is that current study applications are 1) in Brazilian, and 2) the read, write, speak type of instruction that is hard for us visual types. (That's right - I could not find any apps for Portuguese in Portugal, I guess the country is too small). I did have one victory - we got lunch in the little restaurant in the Filharmonica society up the hill without English. (And even got what we thought we ordered).
Meanwhile ... We did some tourist activities last weekend. We went to the castle Pena and Moorish castle in Sintra on Saturday and then had a late lunch and then took an afternoon walking tour in Lisbon on Sunday. Great sport! Here is a picture of the Triton gate on the Pena castle. The triton looks very unhappy with land on his head to me. Sometimes I think I know exactly how he feels.
A booth in the back
09 November 2017
Hi Mom, the rig is off and katface moves into the paint booth for dry out. May get the hot vacuum started tomorrow. We are struggling to find a bigger place to rent. Have to leave the small place we have for Christmas week anyway.
Sand and wash
31 October 2017
Hi Mom, The boat is done with the sandblasting and is being washed. Rudder and prop are out. We took the ferry to Lisbon Sunday and touristed. Kathryn found a walking tour on line but we sort of snacked our way around with hamburgers for lunch on Libertade, coffee by the cathedral, and ice cream at the fort, not to mention beverage stops. Doing ok. I am going to rent a car tomorrow for a month so I need to go back close the airport. A really small one for 100 euros. We may stay longer in our little apartment but I don't think it has heat for colder rainy days in November. Studying Portuguese and eating sausage and cheese. Bought some really good ones at the festival up the hill at the church. We wanted to go listen to music but it starts at 11:00.
18 October 2017
Hi Mom, looked at the boat with the yard experts today. Definitely requires the full bottom treatment so we don't have to wait to dry it to find out. Kathryn says it is like finding out termites have eaten your foundation. They will taking her apart, (rig, rudder, and prop shaft have to come out), sandblasting, washing for a week, and then she goes inside for air and hot vacuum drying. She will stay inside until dry, have all the pits repaired, then into the paint booth for sealing and bottom paint. Finally they put her back together. This will take about three months. Only good news is that we know the score and can plan. Still it is pretty depressing and money we could have spent on something else.
To the hard for bottom work
14 October 2017
It has been three years since the boat has been out of the water. New bottom paint is required. This was the last thing on my list an I was hinting of delaying it until next year. Unfortunately the baby has some blisters that have developed recently. Thinking that they were just paint blisters I dove in and scratched at a couple. They go beyond the paint layer. Thus Katface goes to the yard on Tuesday. She will be dried for at least a week to allow for moisture measurements to be made of the hull. These will be used to decide if a full osmosis treatment is required. (We want to do something big like his here where the quality standard is high an the labor fairly cheap). That later will make a significant dent in our finances as well as our plans as the yard is estimating 3 months to complete all the steps. Keep your fingers crossed. We have rented an apartment in Seixal for the first week and have plans to rent others to cover a month. Our visas are good until mid December so we will need to sort that out when we better know the required repairs. These guys also gave me a quote to replace the decks. It was very fair but still a lot of money.
Another beautiful day in Cascais
07 October 2017
Hi Mom, I worked hard all day on the boat and took a small break to paddle to the praia. These poor girls were on a boat with a couple of guys and a few more of their girls friends. I could see they were running out of things to do and, since they had cerveja, I let them use my stand up paddle board for a while. The captain, Miguel, sent me this photo, so I could show how nice I am to help them enjoy their day. Just another example of the nice people you can meet on boats.