By S/V Lealea | February 11, 2016 at 02:34 PM EST | No Comments
by the First Mate
Our refit is gaining momentum. We are pleased with the progress so far and can only hope the rest of the project goes as smoothly.
Temperatures expected to be near 50 degrees today which will make our work much more pleasant. We removed the forward awning which is now hanging out of the way in the garage. The other two larger pieces will come down this afternoon and then all three sections will go to the laundromat for a thorough wash. The forward piece is in remarkably good shape and with the exception of a few small patches little will need to be done before it can be put into service again. The other two pieces will need a bit more attention but we cannot be certain of how much until they are down, cleaned and thoroughly inspected. Thankfully we've kept an extra few yards of Sunbrella material on hand to use for patches and repairs.
Chuck's plan today includes grinding out the two old bulkheads in the v-berth that secure the water tank and completely emptying out the aft cockpit lockers. Amazing how much higher the boat is riding in the water!
The next step will be removing the dodger and dropping the mast which means waiting patiently for the perfect day.
We were approached a few weeks ago and asked for an interview by Captain Sailnator which can be found here and if you know anyone who reads German the translated version can be found here. Thank you Alexander for taking an interest and sharing our story.