Believe It or Not!

Yep, there is some progress. We’ve ordered all that we can afford. 🙂  We actually now have

Wooden Tops Warped

Wooden Tops Warped

the butcher block tops replaced on the refrigerator and the freezer with Meganite. We came up with the idea of putting a “Star” in the top of the refrigerator and that turned out nice.

Star Inlay

Star Inlay

We picked a light color for the Meganite and it is BRIGHT!  You might be able to get an idea from the before and after pic.  Right now they look a little “large” on the box but that may just be our getting use to them. We’re thinking of adding a border somewhere down the road.  Don’t know yet.  Since posting this blog I’ve discovered that some of the website info on our refrigeration system was never completed. I’ve made sure it’s all available now. The other pages relating to this subject are: Overview, Instalation, and Finished (not).  I’ve created a pictoral history of the various stages of the works: General Installlation, Insulation, Layout, and Liners.

New Tops

New Tops

90% of the Varnish is completed. All the SS has been polished. We hired a local guy; Sean, for 400 TT / day and he did a top notch job. Of course no one does it like the owners but we were satisfied with his work and he did work hard.  With him sanding / prepping all the wood we just needed to add varnish. That’s still a bit o’ work. All we have left to varnish now is the starboard  caprail. We’ve been limited on how much we can varnish because most every day it rains.  It’s raining right now as I write this.  The Varnish we use (Signature Finishes – Honey Teak) requires about 2 hours of time to dry enough that rain won’t effect it. Hail would; but we’ve not had any hail here.  Once it dries to where the wx won’t effect it; the varnish is still soft and can be marred or scratch for another 6 – 8 hours.

Our new cushion covers are being made. Well; almost. Once at the marine fabric shop our upholsterer said we needed new foam. Damn!  So we said ok.  Then he bought the foam and we checked about foam for the dinette. Need new there too. Damn!  So we’ve now given him money to purchase that foam too. He has the cushions for our main salon and we’re close to sitting on  the benches  only. We’ve moved a couple of cushions so we have something under our bottom but it’s not like home; yet. We hope it will be soon.

After the varnishing I get to redo the aft head and the plumbing there. (Can’t say I like plumbing – plumbers deserve their pay). We’ll see about scheduling a haul date for the boat. Once hauled we’ll do some tourist stuff while the boat is out of the water;  then we’re outta here!

Too, we’ve been getting back into shape. Exercise on a boat is rather limited. W/ began  running in Grenada and doing some Yoga. When we pulled into the marina here in Trinidad we began to jump  rope in the am (only 3 days / week).  Also we’ve added some stretching to our workouts. She’s been trying (and it isn’t easy) to stretch my legs and hips (straight leg hamstring stretches). I lay back on the floor and she lifts my leg towards the ceiling. At first I could only point my toes towards the door, but now I”m getting a little more movement in the lower half of my body! Then too W/ has been making me do the yogo “Tree“. The good news is that I can actually do it! 🙂

Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long

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