Our main gaff is broken. Derrian, the ever helpful, came over last week (to be helpful). We pottered about on deck; I varnished the downrail and she got the heat-gun on the deck to continue stripping the nasty coating. We were lucky that it was a bit cooler - while we have been enjoying a … Continue reading And I Thought That Last Week Was Stressful…
I know that I had complained a little about the heat, but the storm the other night was too far the other way! I don’t know whether it was that I was a little unprepared, but Teka took some sorting out the next day. For much of the storm-night I had been sat in the … Continue reading Drama!
Poseidon giveth, and he taketh away. He, apparently, giveth right back again a couple of days later. Last summer my rather pretty Italian sun hat blew off my head into the marina, nowhere near any of the pontoons (aka totally unreachable). I grieved, and made vague plans to get a new one, only to spot … Continue reading Poseidon Giveth, and He Taketh Away
With Keith on shore leave from Irene, things have been moving forward on Teka once again. Most excitingly, we went for a sail yesterday! Keith had spent the first few days getting everything ready. He re-attached the last bit of safety rail (our beautiful wooden downrail isn’t actually high enough, so we have a steel … Continue reading Salty Sea Dogs
Everything is hot. The boat is hot. The dog is hot. I am hot. I have been endeavouring to prevent problems stemming from the second of these, by hosing down the deck. Since the discovery that many of our problems were caused by fresh water, I have been making my own salt water by sprinkling … Continue reading Mad Dogs and Englishmen
We are still afloat, and still not taking in any water. Our hull is sound. I am actually a little bit disappointed by the total lack of water in our bilge. My apparent madness is partially because we had been led to expect quite a lot of leakage when we first went back in the … Continue reading Still Afloat
We are back in the water! Over the last week we made the finishing touches to Teka, to get her ready to go back in the water. We finished painting the rudder, including the boot top, and Keith replaced the tingle. This fantastically named object is a piece of copper, nailed over a leak in … Continue reading Float Your Boat!
With the return of the dry weather, things have been moving forward at a rate of knots, and Teka is, finally, looking better than she did when we first came out of the water. The main development has been the application of paint. Keith and Ivor spent a day applying white above the waterline, and … Continue reading Boots and Shrouds
Today marks our having been out of the water for eight weeks. There has, however, been a distinct lack of us being slowly and carefully lowered back in to the water. We are, officially, over schedule. This is due to one, simple thing: The Damn Weather. Painting the boat is the last job, and we … Continue reading Learning Curve
Things have continued to be busy on, and around Teka, as we near the end of our time in the boatyard. The main even has been the bulwarks. A few, on both sides of the boat, were rotten and needed replacing. As with our recurring stanchion problems, denatured bulwarks aren’t too much of a problem: … Continue reading Bulwarks and Caulking (aka Once an archaeologist, always an archaeologist)