Progress continues. The brightwork is all varnished and two fresh coats of anti-fouling (same word in Spanish, only pronounced anti-fooling) applied, so she´s looking very smart from ground level. Today, we commence preparations for the deck painting.
Two days ago was washday again. We had to wait until evening though, so that the varnish would be dry enough not to be bothered by a bit of water. That meant leaving everything out on the lines overnight. Sure enough, strong winds and a bit of rain came during the night. I was up on deck, stark naked, at 0400, gathering everything in. A good move. It was the south wind, or Xaloc, blowing and when we popped our heads out the hatch in the morning light, the decks, and everything else, were covered in a light coating of fine red sand. This is a regular occurence in late summer when the Xaloc blows frequently, bringing the Saharan sand with it. It doesn´t happen so often at this time of year, but it meant that we had to start the day by washing everything down. Let´s just hope it doesn´t come back before the deck paint is dry.