Monday 21 Oct, HHN day 10: Ordering bronze skin-fittings and fairing the hull where thru-hulls have been removed.
It’s going to be progress week…hopefully! We are looking forward to remove the wood stands and see the result of the glassfibering from two nights ago. And when we do, we are very pleased with the result. Not to mention that the wax baking paper came off perfectly. Great suggestion, Ray, thank you.
Our late work last night on the internet paid off, as we wake up to email in our inbox confirming the Hallberg-Rassy Parts order has already been shipped from Sweden. That means we are soon to have a galley faucet again. And Sailrite is in stand-by waiting for us to confirm one last product.
Just as we are about to head to Weaver to finalize our skin-fittings order, we are greeted by the Canadian couple who are having their HR53 completely refurbished by Osprey Marine. Same as us last year, they are rather frustrated with Osprey who seem to be working on any and every boat except theirs! We hate to think what their bill will end up being.
While chatting we learn of an online order company called Defender. So after they have left we venture back to the internet lounge to check their offerings.
Sure enough, Defender is a fraction of the price of local shops and they seem to have almost everything we need. Some items are out of stock but while on the phone they contact the factory directly and arrange for direct shipments, factory to us! A few hours later not only is our order complete (with a dent in the bank balance) but it is also dispatched by 4pm! OMG only in America do you get this level of competition and service from suppliers.
Same efficiency with the Sailrite order, all items are confirmed and the sewing machine should be with us mid-week. And there goes the second big dent in the bank.
After food shopping and dinner it’s back to dirty work – sanding the hull where we have glassed-in the thru-hull holes. Then, in the dark, mixing a fairing epoxy concoction and applying. Once dry, tomorrow, it will be faired-in and ready for a barrier coat then antifoul.
Meanwhile, I’m inside continuing my quest to sort through all the food cupboards, cleaning and cataloging in preparation for the-big-shop-and-stock when we depart.
Evening is relaxing and a few internet tasks …. like posting these blogs. And definitely no more orders…