Monday 29 October: Herrington Harbor North, yard day #12 – resume activity on compounding the hull and cockpit area, and finish with paints on the keel bulb.
Sunny and crisp morning, and we are ready for another very busy day. We take some measurements for our smaller projects list, like changing the teak plugs in the hand rails or installing LED lights along the boom.
Ray stops by offering his help again, to facilitate us getting a discounted rate on PropSpeed product and shaft anodes. That was another big shop ticked!
Karen and Nancy (Red Sky Yacht Detailing) resume work, compounding and preparing the hull for Ceramic Pro. Certainly glad to see them this morning! As the completion of this job dictates when we can get back in the water. Now that she has a helper, Karen confirms they can do the cockpit also. So Glen goes on a mission to remove all the fittings around the blue stripe. And tape off all the edges to protect the teak from getting stained or damaged. A loooot of perimeter to cover, which takes quite a few hours to do! And quite a few rolls of masking tape too! And just as he finishes taping it all, it starts raining. Great…not! And as the ladies work around the boat, it comes up beautifully. And boy do they work! Both the hull and around the cockpit. We can clearly see the color coming out: the white is no longer yellowish, and the blue is no longer “dusted” but vivid and shiny.
And while everybody is working hard, so do I, on Google. I found a Parasailor 228sqm on Grenada Cruiser Market on FB. Not the perfect match for our boat size, but pretty good. 4sqm smaller than the size quoted to us at Annapolis Boat Show by Parasailor USA (ideal size four our rig height is 232sqm). Trouble is, it comes from a 51ft catamaran. So now we are trying to find out if a Parasailor made for a cat would be suitable for monohull. We contacted both Parasailor and a sail loft in Grenada to ask the this question. Fingers crossed on a positive reply.
Later in the afternoon Glen paints second coat of antifouling on the keel bulb, top of the rudder and p-bracket. And declared the painting jobs finished. Knowing Glen, probably finished only till tomorrow!
Then a bit of relaxing time reading cruising forums with reviews on Parasailor. For the evening, we go for a pleasant dinner with Ray, during which he entertains us with lots of very interesting stories, and we learn quite a bit more about him. Time flies when we have fun, and before we know it’s time to say good night and return to our duties on Cloudy Bay.
On the chore list, we tackle the videos. More to the point, during rendering the edited files, Adobe messes up with our drone footage. The raw files are perfect quality and resolution. And after rendering they are no longer sharp, but blurred and low resolution. After a bit of investigation we identify the turning point, after which we started noticing this mess up. Looks like Adobe doesn’t like GoPro 6 files to be mixed with DJI. All old GoPro 5 footage rendered perfectly with DJI, keeping the sharp image. Hm, we do not want to revert to GoPro 5. That would make the investment in GoPro 6 useless. Video editing does give us headaches lots of times… So we go through several trials of rendering variously types of raw files combinations to identify which one will not ruin the quality of our footage. Which keeps us in front of the laptop till nearly 1am.
We’ll dream of shiny hull, Parasailor, or drones tonight?