Tuesday 19 Nov, HHN day 39: Spinlock clutches and new main sheet installed. We are ready to sail now.
Beautiful day today, that should help us cheer up from our laptop blues.
It seems it was not the best of ideas to epoxy the dinghy padlock. Despite my efforts not to paint any of the working parts, it seems to be sealed rock solid this morning. After breaking the first key, I end up on the pontoon with the heat gun and eventually it comes undone. Note to self: buy some spare padlocks, current one will likely not last much longer!
On deliveries front, the Spinlock parts have finally arrived. This allows us to rebuild the mainsheet clutches and then install the new mainsheet. And, just to be sure, we take the boom out to its maximum to make sure the sheet is long enough! Which it is.
While doing this, Ray brings us a hard drive reader, which allows us to read the broken PC’s hard drive over USB. This will make it much easier to set up the new PC when it arrives.
While installing better hose clamps on the Highfield fuel line, we notice the bow locker is not watertight. How very odd that it would not be made water tight. The rain has just flowed in like it didn’t even have a lid! Another project to attend to once in warmer climates.
Then to project “cockpit”. First the newly varnished (by Ray, thank you) chart tables are reinstalled. Then the cockpit gets a good wash down. It was surprisingly very dirty, hence this exercise carries on through till early afternoon. But we want it clean before we set off. The cockpit will become our living area while on the move.
That done, we head off again to the Supermarkets. Stocking up Round 2: ding-ding! First back to Weis then to Giant. Finally arriving back to Cloudy mid-evening again with a car full. We are up to $1500 spent now. Seems a lot, but likely most of this basic “dry” items will last us till New Zealand.