Wednesday, March 13, 2013

By jiminy

We built a bimini!

We’ll probably make modifications, but it sure makes a difference when the sun is hot.  And it has full standing headroom for me and shelters the companionway, too

Folks have been asking for pictures and a few have been included below.

the new Garhauer traveler

 in this picture can be seen things we have installed over time:  new kifelines and stanchions, standing rigging, handrails, 9 of the small opening ports, the chimney for the heater, solar vent, paint touchup on mast and boom, new to us mainsail, mast winch

new mast step plate and external wiring

new furler drum and line, and new to us 45 lb CQR anchor
From a distance she looks pretty good for a 44 year old sailboat.  The next batch of pictures should show beautiful southern scenes.

The repairs and modifications are done.  We've decided not to stop again for a while.  Each time we stop it costs a lot of money.  But the work was well done, and thank heavens the wind is free.

We went to a pot luck this evening at the marina next door and met lots of nice folks.  Dennis the Irishman was in charge of the main meal and made delicious corned beef and boiled veggies which included rutabagas, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, and maybe more. 

Barbara thanked everyone for throwing such a nice bon voyage party for us.  We leave in the morning!

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