Sunday October 2, 2005
It has been a while since the last entry and work has been sporadic. I was hoping to have more money to work with but car trouble struck again. Last month we had to spend $850 on the transmission and as you can imagine, that amount of money could have gone a long way. We are getting things going again however. Veronica is mounted although not painted. She had been epoxied to protect her from the weather until that happens. The deck has been refinished, I hope not to have to do that again for a long time. The sides have been redone again and there are still imperfections but at some point enough is enough. There are a lot of square feet to cover and three times is enough! It is not a yacht finish but it is acceptable. It needs a few more layers of resin but it is smooth enough.
The cabin top has all it's trim and the hatch is in place although the runners are not installed. The cabin top is designed to catch water and the forward edges have scuppers to funnel the water. The rudder parts are in place and the supports for the quarter deck are in place. I carved some decoration into the sides of the cabin and trimmed it in gold. The davits for 'Pumba', our eight foot punt, are ready. They are simply four by fours hanging off the stern. I've also started work on the capstan. It involves four by fours around a two inch PVC pipe, two layers of three quarter inch plywood around the bottom wit a notch to receive the pawl.
We have been doing a bit of sailing before I sell our old Ensenada. My son Will continues to have a rough time. Any time the boat heels he screams and is often miserable the whole outing. When the wind is aft he's often Ok and when we took Dory out, even with the sail, he was fine with that. Dealing with such irrational fear is tough, it drives Kelly crazy and it gets to me as well. Fortunately, he has done well at times, even steering and docking, but I must say it is bothersome. I wonder how he'll be on Peregrine. I assume he'll get over it, he has to, the boat will require all of us to pull our weight.
We're going to the Annapolis Sailboat show next weekend. I'm hoping we have some money for shopping. I've done some research as to prices on equipment so we'll be looking for deals. Perhaps there will be some good speakers as well. The shows are always fun.