We haven’ tgiven up sailing, just been busy with other things.
I’ve probably said this before, but in Autumn 2015, I asked the Boss which she wanted doing first: the kitchen or the boat; without hesitation, she said “The Boat!” This winter is’ve “done” the shower room and the kitchen, so very little was planned or even done to the boat. The days are getting longer and (not very much warmer), we’ve started doing the boat again.
The chain coming from the windlass into anchor locker piles up on itself, so a wedge and a homemade fibreglass tube with a stainless steel end are waiting for installation when the weather gets warmer for resin to harden with an hour or so rather than days.
The aft locker is quite deep without any easy footholds to get in, so I’ve made a step which is geing painted and will be installed later this month.
The wheels on our dinghy fell off at the end of last season, they should have been fixed with bolts and not screws! Getting bolts soon.
Merve from Mount Batten Boathouse winterised the engine in the autumn, I’ll bring it back to life just before we launch, but as we’re not allowed to run the engine, they will have to tow me to the pontoon afterwards. Otherwise, it’s just a pressure-wash of the deck and hull, rub-down and antifoul the hull, re-rig the mast, bring everything that was taken off back onto the boat and then we’re sort of ready to go.
We’ve got some brand new sails waiting for collection at Westaway Sails in Ivybridge. They’ve made all our new sails over the past 20 years. We should sail much better, not necessarily faster but closer to the wind and more upright.
Our planned launch date is 10 Apr.