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Countdown to June 30

17 June 2006 | GYB, Georgetown, MD
We left home at 4:30 am on Saturday, as has become our custom, and arrived at the Georgetown Yacht Basin at about 7 am, before the marine store was even open. As soon as we got on board we started on our projects of the day, otherwise known as our 'To Do List'. I finished off the lifeline netting that I'd started the week before; edging it all off and figuring out what to do around the gate. Altogether I think that the simple task of fencing in our decks took about 4 hours, 2 for each side of the boat. Time well spent, in my opinion. Philip had various tasks on his list and I'll try to remember all of them here. The biggest job of the day was to continue preparing the decks with epoxy for us to repaint the deck sometime after our July cruise. He also installed another new halyard, with Bill belaying him up the mast. What a difference it makes having all new sheets, halyards and ropes on deck! He spent a good amount of time setting up the Aries self-steering gear we will make use of for our July trip to New York.

When it got too hot for me to stay on deck I made my way down below and installed a simple roman blind-type curtain to give some privacy in the head. This will be really important when we have extra crew with us for the trip. It looks great, but as I left the camera at home, I'll have to post pics another time.

I then re-stowed pretty much everything on board, which is no small feat. Up until now Jabulani has been in construction mode and so tools, spare parts and paraphernalia has found places wherever it has landed or in the closest locker thereto. Well, as you can well imagine, my tolerance for such disorganization has taken its toll and time was up! I defined specific lockers for spare parts, tools, cleaning equipment, toiletries, first aid equipment, safety equipment, kid's entertainment, navigation tools, etc. Oh my, what a difference it makes to know that everything has a place and everything is in it's place. We now play a game on our car trips where I think of a thing on Jabulani and then name it's place to the others, who then must try to guess what it is based on the location I have told them. It's a great way for them to learn where everything goes. Of course, as we live on board more and more I may change things around again to suite us but for now I'm satisfied.

The last thing we did was to take measurements for a new bimini that Philip has drawn up plans for. We definitely have to have it sown up by the time we leave as it is way too taxing to be in the sun all day during long stretches of sailing. So we have plenty of projects to do at home in the next week until we come down again; all imperative to have completed by the time we leave.

With not much time left till departure, we are in a bit of a crunch but nothing we cannot rise to. Until next time, cheers.
Vessel Name: Jabulani
Vessel Make/Model: 30' Custom Gaff Cutter
Hailing Port: Cape Town, South Africa
About: Philip, Sharon, Luke and Ruth are preparing to set off on a circumnavigation of the world.
Extra: The name Jabulani comes from the Zulu word for "Joy" or "Rejoice". We believe "Jabulani" reflects our outlook on life.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/jabulani/


Port: Cape Town, South Africa