Sunday, 7 October 2007

Winterising blues


It's always a bit of a sad time when you're wrapping the boat up for winter. We've been chipping away at all the wee jobs: varnishing, taking down and washing halyards, dinghy, canvas, servicing of outboard and inboard engines, etc., since we returned from Angra.
The weather hasn't been particularly cooperative, with brisk winds and frequent showers being the rule. Today, however, is lovely and we've used it to good effect. Good forecast for tomorrow as well, so it shouldn't be a problem to take care of the last few items on the list and still have a little time for relaxation before our early morning departure on Tuesday.
Then, it's back to Edinburgh to find jobs for the winter in order to replenish the coffers so that we can come back to the Azores in the spring and sail Fettler the rest of the way home.
It's been quite a trip so far. Many remarkable experiences, people and places encountered and the urge to roam satisfied for a little while, at least. Thanks for following along and keep an eye out for the continuing adventures of Fettler.

4 comments:

Marc said...

Thanks for sharing. It's really been nice for Jill and I to be able to keep up with your adventures since you left Michigan. I'll miss the postings over the winter.

Victoria said...

Don't be so sad... Edinburgh's waiting to welcome you home. The weather's been nice and it looks okay for the rest of the week (after the rain tomorrow). Any special requests?

Kristina said...

Hey, You have something nice to look forward to. I'm going back to Sweden by the enf of October, so maybe I'll come and visit you:)

sailfettler said...

Thanks. We've just had a mad last day of finishing up our preparations, remembering one small but important job after another as we went along. One of the highlights was replacing the knot-log paddle wheel with a blank plug (to stop the paddle wheel getting totally fouled up over the winter). This involved a couple of gallons of water gushing in through a hole in the bottom of the boat while we struggled to jam in the plug...
Of course we'll be delighted to welcome visitors to Edinburgh during the winter. Do come and cheer us up!