The big jobs are done
We had a couple of big items that we wanted to tick off our to-do list before departing Grenada and both were somewhat structural in nature. The first was replacing the line which holds our trampoline together. Long time readers might note that we did this at the end of June 2011 giving us only a little more than a year of use out of that line. That may or may not be a very long life for that line but given the amount of use that our trampoline gets during our daily workouts and the fact that the relatively inexpensive line I’m using on it was originally purchased to hold our mast on deck back when we transited the Oswego and Erie Canals, I think we’re making out OK. How do we swap the line while in the water? We simply begin unlacing the trampoline at one end, removing only a couple of grommets at a time. We then thread the new line through the newly-exposed grommets as we go along. When we were done we made sure not to trim the line flush after tightening it. As I expected, the line stretched a bit after a day (and a workout) so with a bit of extra line still available to hold onto, we were able to more effectively tighten it again the second day.
The second big task was climbing to the top of our mast to give the rigging a once over. I am happy to report that there were no obvious signs of wear to cause us any concern. There sure was a nice view from the top of our mast though!
The last bit of maintenance on yesterday’s list was polishing the stainless steel rub-rail which runs down both of our hulls. Rebecca was able to make short work of that task, in between rain showers that is.
Unfortunately, the one repair job that we weren’t counting on relates to my computer. After jumping through countless hoops to have the logic board in it replaced just a month or so ago, yesterday the trackpad stopped functioning properly. This is NOT cool and I’m once again being forced to update the blog with Rebecca’s computer. If only there was an Apple store in Trinidad!