Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mast is up! 

She looks like a real sailboat again.  The mast was re-stepped today.  All new standing rigging, upgraded drum assembly for the old furler, new mast lights, and so far everything seems to work fine, thanks to Julian at Sparmanusa.  It pays to hire a professional.

We still have odds and ends to do, but Barbara is seeing more boat and less clutter and is getting the itch to clean.  The poor old boat really needs it.  Being in the work yard means lots of dust.  However, mother nature should help out ‘cause it is supposed to rain for the next couple days.  We've seen lightning in the distance.  Oops.  Looks like it is hitting us now...not lightning, the storm.  Could be an entertaining night tied to the pier.

Our modified mainsail should arrive Monday or Tuesday and we plan to leave here the day after it arrives.  It is still our goal to make it to the northern Bahamas. 

The new engine fired up first try day before yesterday.  However, the folding prop was too much prop for it.  For those of you prop techies, it was a 16L X 14P.  For non-techies, it was taking too big a bite out of the water and the engine could not reach its proper RPM.  Therefore, we had to haul the boat back out of the water this morning and change propellers.  All better now.

The office and yard staff here at Green cove Springs Marina have been great.  And neighboring boaters have been helpful when we needed help or hit a snag, lending manpower for big jobs, or a better tool, or advice, etc.  Some neighbors have gone on ahead of us.  Others are working hard to follow.  Some seem like they are here permanently.

Our delight at making progress has been tempered by disappointment at the lot of one pair of friends and recent neighbors.  They left a few days ago, but suffered a tragedy yesterday.  Their boat sank after hitting underwater obstructions.  

Imagine your home with water rushing in and filling it to the ceiling.  Everything, EVERYTHING is under water or floating about.  A hole 2’ by 3’ has been knocked in the bottom.  You hardly have time to get out of the ‘house’ before it is totally full.  You and your spouse and pet have to be taken to shore.  Strangers offer you a place to stay for now.  How do you walk back into your house without being overwhelmed? See the link below.

All our best to Michael and Diane.

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