Well, cant go to Bermuda
till early May, anyway. I am enjoying wacKey West, and holding here till I get my GPS/ChartPlotter delivered. Dont wanna be going into a coral head
, and prefer real time info in waters like here, instead of just using my paper charts
. Lots and Lots of reef, and similiar to what I can expect when attempting Bermuda
. So it will be a good training scenerio for me. There is still the Bahamas
, and Turk Caicos, I can sail off to for more practice, in the coming weeks.
I plan to do Boca Grande Key, then hop to Marquases Key, then hop to Dry Tortugas
in the next couple of weeks, with the new nav equipment
. Gonna try it out and see if it will be want I need.
Been sitting out here on the boat doing some cleaning
...and noticed, the longer I sit inside the boat, the more the little things pop out at me. Like, the left over screwhole, or screws/nail in the walls that at one time used to hold up something like a photo
. A couple spots peeling paint
, how dull the teak
is looking, spots where the PO used duct tape, scotch tape, black tape, and left the residue on the walls, and wtf did he need to attach with tape. Scraping off little spots of splattered paint
off the wood, when the PO painted and didnt clean up or have a drop cloth.
Pulled the floor up yesterday, and tried to figure out where all those hoses, wires, and cables
went to and what is their function. Today I clean the floor, and underneath it. Sprayed some pledge funiture polish on the wood floor, and found I could sorta skate around with my socks on. I was amazed how fast that runner can slide right out from under your feet and leave ya grabbing air for something to hold onto. Decided I needed some more stratigically placed grab rails inside the boat. I went a little crazy with the funiture polish, but everything smells so lemoney, and everything is shiny, and slickery.
Its been a little crapy weather
here, 20kt winds out of the north, and 3 to 4 footers under the boat. Been rockin and rollin for 2 days now. Last night I had something clanking the mast
, check all my halyards, sheets
, and couldnt find the culprit. Grabbed a handful of zip-ties, and ran around on deck
zip-tieing anything that moved. Tried to find it today while the sun was out, but its not clanking anymore. I tried sleeping in the v-berth, during the blow, and i was told that sleeping in the middle of the boat is less bumpy, and less noisey. Gonna try that tonight, maybe I can get some sleep tonight.
PS. I havent even put the boat up for sale
on Craigslist, which I usually do at every port I make...wonder what that means?