Some good Wednesday night sailing tonight!
Boat: O’Day 28, Starlight Express
As I began climbing up the mast ladder, I was exhilarated. At the same time, in the back of my mind was nestled the fact that the mast ladder was raised and supported by a who-knows-how-old halyard on a boat that had been abandoned and left to rot in the Texas weather for at least the last five years!
I made my way down below and then to the stern inside the boat. I was relieved to see the bolts still sticking through the transom. Very gingerly, I held the bolts and slipped the backing plate over all three.
So I got the larger washers, but when I tried to get that blob of stuff off, it was extremely difficult. I’m assuming it’s some type of epoxy or 1979 version of lock-tite.
She’s never been out on the boat before, and I want to make sure that when I take her sailing for the first time it’s nice and easy. I’m thinking 80 degrees with 8-10 mph winds would be the perfect scenario. That was not the weather we had this date…
A co-worker commented about how long my to-do list was for my boat. Thankfully, most of my list is purely cosmetic or upgrades for the sake of convenience. I’ve been…
I intended to do some sailing until I arrived and to my disappointment I saw the flags hanging lifeless from the marina flagpoles. Oh well, another boat work day, I guess. Work days are good, but sailing days are better.
I’m a “list person”. I love lists, especially checklists, so I can check things off as ‘done’. I’ve been known to create a list with check-boxes after I’ve done something, just so I’ll have a completed checklist.