Planetary Exloration on Senta II

Vessel Name: Senta II
Vessel Make/Model: Ericson 39B
Crew: Nancy & Sven
Extra: This blog will temporarily pick up from where the blog left off after our Retina Mac suffered a memory failure. Don't ask where the "p" in exploration went but do tell me how to put it back in, if you know :-)
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12 April 2015

Still windy and we are staying, plus thanks to Dan

It has been a hectic few weeks. We had the issue with the exoneration paperwork and the National Car Reantal overcharge and then need for a survey for new insurance.

05 April 2015

Varnish and condo time !

The cabin sole has been beginning to show some real wear and the companionway door was looking like it should have used a lot more sun screen, so it was time to get ready to varnish.

02 April 2015

Mess -> hotel stay

Now that we know we are going to stay here in Papagayo Marina for the summer we went to work on some chores.

01 April 2015

We got the exoneration paperwork !

Yes, it is April Fools' Day, but we don't think it is a joke.

31 March 2015

No bad faith contract needed ?

We finally got our misappropriated Marina Papagayo National Car Rental refund. That only took almost a month and a lot of reminders and an angry complaint letter. Talk about substandard service !

26 March 2015

Cultural whiplash

This is another surprising turn of events. We're almost getting whiplash !

Fourth time is the charm ?

23 March 2015
Leave it to Marina Papagayo to even have work buckets that look expensive ! We assume the drowning child illustration is 24 carat gold. The bucket itself is made out of plastic, it only looks like ebony.

Now, for some miraculous progress ...

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We have rebedded this porthole with butyl three times before now. It is cursed. It might be that butyl just doesn't do well in extreme heat, but whatever the reason, this particular porthole has lived up to its name: It has been a hole for water to come in. We took it out and once more shoved lots of butyl at it, more than ever before, paying special attention to the bottom edge where we had seen a problem earlier and it is a miracle ... It passed the water test !

Right now the porthole still looks ugly with butyl seeping out. We probably scraped off 1/2 cup of excess butyl already but to us it looks beautiful even with the yet-to-be-cleaned goop. If it doesn't leak we're ecstatic !

It is amazing to have to work on things like this wearing gloves. The stainless is simply too burning hot for bare hands. The air temperature is only about 32° C but the sunshine is absolutely intense.

Anyway, one major chore finally done ... We think.
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