IT is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to the old, Sharpied on name that adorned our stern since we first launched in 2010, but it HB did a stellar job on the new painted update, which is gold spray paint. This probably won’t last long in the marine environment (‘gold’ paint usually gets its colour from copper-based metals, and turns green in the outdoors), but we couldn’t find the gold leaf, so that’ll have to wait until it shows up.
For anyone who’s interested, the typeface is Viner Hand.
I’M running low on post titles about working on the boat in preparation for the voyage south, clearly.
As yesterday was stressful, today was progressful (not a word, Firefox’s squiggly red line assures me – should be). The weather is lovely, so we can work on outside projects. Today, Becca worked on repairing the shattered outboard motor cowl while I tuned the standing rigging (including tightening the jibstay at last), sourced the radar bracket, and was generally useful. The mechanics struggled to remove the old diesel engine mounts, which are buggered to the point that we couldn’t guarantee that the engine would stay in place if we were knocked down or rolled. This may lead to some more fiscal pain, but it’s not an option.
I think we didn’t mention it anywhere, but HB is in Arizona until the 25th, so it’s all me (with Becca’s help, where possible) from here until nearly departure time. She uploaded a couple of nice pictures from before we splashed, including my sweet chain splice.