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Monday, October 14, 2019

Another job done



It was finally dry enough and warm enough to apply bottom paint to my sailboat. This late in the year that’s not a given. Big boats are nice, but when it comes time to paint the bottom, a small boat on a trailer has its charm.

While under the boat I discovered some fiberglass wear on the swing keel. Since there was still some epoxy lying around the house, it wasn’t too big a deal to mix up some filler and take care of that. The job was a bit awkward and messy, but that’s what old shirts are for, right? Felt pretty good about that until after I changed. Right then a glob of thickened epoxy fell out of my beard onto my good shirt. So it looks like this job cost me a good shirt and about a half inch of beard.

There’s a couple of little boat projects to do yet, but nothing major. My lovely wife is sewing up new boat cushion covers. I’m mounting a new transponder for the depth sounder.

We are getting down the last two weeks before shutting down the house. I’m feeling the time crunch. This week already has a number of things scheduled, including an overnight trip downstate. There’s a lot of packing to do. We have to prepare for a cross country train trip. Since the house will be closed up when we get back, our camping and boat stuff will be stored in the Blazer. I hope we don’t get completely buried in snow while I’m gone. It always feels weird to tow a boat through snowstorms.

-Sixbears

6 comments:

  1. I know you are looking forward to getting your trip in motion. Safe travels...

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    1. Thanks Hermit Jim! It's coming together, but I bet I'll still be at it until the last minute.

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  2. We are in late stages of packing and closing up. Know what you are feeling. Discovered a slow leak on one of the truck tires and just finished with three days of snow and rain. Got cold enough to have to haul in more firewood don't need those happenings right now. Ditto on the safe travels!

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    1. I'm going to split up more wood later today. It's been below freezing at night but nice enough during the day. I'm too cheap to buy more heating oil this late in the game.

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  3. I bet the leaves are turning colors up your way. I remember the Fall color when I lived in Pennsylvania.

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    1. Hey Dizzy! Hope you are well. It's actually a bit past peak right now, but still beautiful. The colors have been amazing this year.

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