It's been a jerky start to this year's sailing season, preparation activity being interrupted repeatedly with house selling activities. It's been a painful spring - but we're hopeful that the house will move shortly...
Meanwhile, we've got half the winches stripped and come to a screeching halt because of missing parts and a failure on my part to be able to disassemble one of them - and I can't find instructions anywhere on a 68 - you'd think Lewmar didn't make a winch that big...
The bottom is a bit of an issue - there's a problem of adhesion between layers - probably dating back 2 or 3 years. So much so that we've decided to get it cleaned off properly, so it'll now be soda blasted back to the barrier layer and then after a fresh couple of coats of barrier paint, on with some new Micron 66.
The boom is ready and waiting to be delivered and attached to the mast. Before that, the new Strong Track system needs to be installed - the old one was badly damaged. Then we have new sails to bend on.
We've been working the wood - re-finishing the teak entryway and repairing the just varnished salon table - that took a severe beating when it was brought aboard by some clumsy Brit.
With any luck, Brandon at Pirate cove will be able to get us into the water in the next couple of weeks and then the fun begins... (not) finishing bimini, dodger and sailcover!
Tough duty... someone has to do it...
The workshop is gone. Hopefully the new owner of the tools, Matt Johnson will be able to make great use of them in his venture - check out his stuff here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mattjohnsondesigns?ref=seller_info - really neat mixture of wood and metal work.
The house gets a step closer to being sold and the boat a step closer to being home...
After last night's planning meeting (during which far too much Guinness was consumed), I think we can conclude the following tentative sailing schedule for 2012...
May 14 Splash
May 25 - 28 Block Island
June 2-3 Newport
June 9 Laurie's Day-Sail
June 10 Squash Club Day-Sail
June 16 - 17 Father's Day sail to Cuttyhunk
June 23 - 24 Menemsha
June 29 - July 1 Newport - Americas Cup Races
July 3 - 4 Bristol Fireworks
July 7 - 8 Local
July 14 - 29 Summer Cruise: New England's Islands.
- 7/14 Newport Anchorage
- 7/16 Fishers Island
- 7/18-21 New York City (Take in a show)
- 7/22 Depart New York
- 7/23 Arrive Nantucket
- 7/25 Dinner event in Nantucket
- 7/28 Cuttyhunk
- 7/29 Newport
Aug 4 - 5 Cuttyhunk Kids weekend
Aug 11 - 12 Local
Aug 14 - 27 France
Aug 31 - Sept 3 Fall Cruise
- Aug 31 To Shelter Island
- Sept 1 Shelter Is.
- Sept 2 Block Is. (? If open! ?)
- Sept 3 Home
Sept 7 - 9 Marthas Vineyard
Sept 13 - 16 Newport Boat Show
Sept 22 - 23 Local
Sept 29 - 30 Local
Oct 6 - 8 Columbus Day Menemsha Cruise
If you're interested in joining us on any of these days, please let us know...
So here I am in Itajai - venue for the arrival of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race - and I got here a week or two too early! Rats!
Beach right outside the hotel I'm staying at - can't be bad!
From the Balme Sail-Loft - old and new on the way...
Turns out to be a whole bunch more complex than we thought - at one point I was studying how 4 pieces of material came together at the same seam for hours! Which got attached to which first, then second...
I think it's highly likely that there'll be some final fitting required :-(