Sunday, 3 May 2009

Further progress towards the first sail of the season

We've been toiling away the last 4 or 5 weekends since launch day and have made steady progress on the list of jobs outstanding before we can actually get back to sailing. The freshly painted mast was put back up last Monday afternoon. Brightwork is nearly completed. The new waterproof (and yet easy to remove) system for fixing the cockpit seat gratings is likewise almost finished. Most of the engine maintenance is done. You get the idea.
I've ordered up some tufnol (Bakelite) for making mounting plates to mount the new rope clutch cleats on the boom and thereby revamp the reefing system.
Still need to get the compression latches for the cockpit sole hatch.
Still need to take out the remains of the old wind/speed/depth instrument system and put in the new.
And then! Oh yes, the new sails will come out of their bags for the first time.

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