Despite the oppressive heat and humidity keeping things from progressing at more than a snail’s pace, we are completing projects. It is almost conceivable that we will be ready to start our life at anchor November 1—though I think we may push the date back a couple days to be here for the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Regardless, a lot remains to be done:
- Remove and reinstall the windlass to mount it on a taller base
- Remove and replace seven port lights
- Ready the back-up anchor for deployment
- Remove and replace the standing rigging
- Apply at least one additional coat of varnish
- Ready the dinghy/motor for reliable use
- Apply the name on the hull
- Get rid of the car
- Install lifeline netting
And there are probably many more things on Windy's list that I am forgetting. Additionally, I would like to install our new LED mast head tri-light and we will likely have over $1,000 worth of stainless work done to reinforce the stern rail and stanchions where we board, to put handholds on the sides of the dodger, and to install additional tubing around the bow pulpit to reinforce the structure and to create more of a safety cage up there.
|The girls occupying themselves in the wet sand at the other side of the marina,|
on a hot, rainy afternoon.