Things we no longer read
One visit to any of the sailing and cruising forums will no doubt net you plenty of reading on the subject of “money.” What does it cost to go cruising? Can you cruise on 500.00 per month? Where is the cheapest place to cruise? All of these questions are very popular with people in the planning stages of cruising. They certainly were with us anyway. I can happily say that threads on this subject matter are no longer on my reading list. And why would they be? The amount of money that we have now to cruise is what we have. A bunch of people telling us that it is enough, or worse, that it is too little, isn’t going to change our plans a bit. We are not changing our departure plans and we will end up living on what we end up living on. If we run out of money before we are done cruising we’ll do what everyone else in that situation has done… we’ll deal with it.
Now that I have that off my chest, it’s back to boat-prep talk! Yesterday, having healed from my windlass-induced war wound, I made another trip back to the boat.
Still working on the modifications to our anchor light. More on that later.
Installed the Victory brand LED bulb in our steaming light. There was only a short moment of panic when I couldn’t get the bulb to fit. Then I realized that the pins on the end of the bulb were not symmetrical and I just had to rotate the bulb 180˚ to get it in.
I don’t like this! While enjoying my lunch on the boat I looked up to see this crack in our bimini. When I applied pressure by the crack a small droplet of water came out. This is VERY un-cool!
I invested some quality time in taking good measurements for the windlass wire run. I was pretty accurate the other day and it will be just under 20 feet one way. As I mentioned I don’t think running the wires will be difficult at all. In fact, there are a couple of other wires that run to virtually the same place that I can just follow. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to run the wire before we mount the windlass though, which in my estimation, is going to be a much bigger job.
Yesterday I visited the specialty lumber yard and bought the most expensive piece of wood that I have ever seen: a 2″x10″x10″ block of Iroko. Cost: 25.00! This wood is heavy! My intention is to carve that down to the appropriate shape and size for the windlass base and then seal it with epoxy(???). I’ll be reviewing my West Systems DVD today to see just how that gets done. Although the top of the deck where the windlass needs to go is not flat, causing us problems, the underside is not too bad. Making a backing plate to go in this area may not be too hard. One additional challenge that I am having though relates to the stainless steel hawsepipe that is there. It will not move! I have unscrewed it. I have hit it with a hammer (hard!), both from above and below. I have even hit a flat-tipped screwdriver underneath it, trying to pry it out. No go. Sooo… perhaps I’ll just leave it there and fit my nice block of Iroko over top of it. If you can’t beat em… join em. 🙂