|John helping Rene|
I have now successfully installed the cockpit storage bags which have the double purpose of holding the sheets (ropes) when in use and keeping water from getting into the little storage areas behind. I'm looking forward to testing them out when we go sailing again.
|One (of the four) new cockpit bags with another cushion I've recently covered.|
I finished sewing a navigation station cover for one of our neighbours. It was trickier than I had anticipated but I think it looks pretty good. Hopefully it will keep the water out of Sea Temple's instruments!
|Navigation station cover for Sea Temple.|
|Just one of the many trolley's I've filled lately|
We made a costly mistake with aluminium. Our Aries autopilot requires a new board and we stupidly thought that instead of using wood (which always breaks) we'd try aluminium which would be stronger and still light. Wrong! 6mm alloy is really heavy! Far too heavy for the wind vane. Bugger. At least Ollie has said he'll have the alloy (he's on an aluminium boat). Back to the drawing board with this job.
|Old and new tangs on top of the aluminium mistake.|
Dinghy dramas have occurred too! The simple (so I thought) job of unwrapping the dinghy from its cyclone cover to clean it turned out very differently. As Rene and Andy flipped it over, one of the oarlocks fell at my feet. A sign of worse to come. We discovered in horror (poor dinghy!) that all of the handles, the transom and the oarlocks have come away from the body of the dinghy. The glue (not being designed for hot climates) has melted during this hot hot summer. This special glue is very expensive and we had to organise the dinghy to be fixed by the experts. In Townsville, this means one company - I had to beg them to 'work some magic' to squeeze us in to the front of the queue (there are over 30 dinghy's all awaiting repair!). A huge thank you to Andy who helped me get the dinghy over to Wiltrading for the repairs. This repair job is going to cost us about $500. OUCH! But at least our dinghy will be fixed up and ready to take us safely to shore while we're anchoring again.
It has finally stopped raining for a few days in a row and so I've been preparing and painting the booms and lower masts while the sails are still off. The paint was starting to flake off and the aluminium has corroded very slightly in some areas. This job is satisfying but I wish the paint was a more interesting colour like hot pink (instead of grey).
|Me sanding back the main boom before painting.|
There are so many more jobs still to do before we are meant to depart in 10 days. I hope we manage to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!