Oh my goodness it’s almost time to go!! We are sort of in denial about leaving… but we’re hauling out a week from today…
At the end of July, we moved out of our studio. So sad. Im going to miss that little classroom. On a positive note, we had a pizza party once we had cleaned out the whole space.
Now we’re just winging it on the boat to get stuff done. But here are a few things we did before we moved out. We removed the rails form the boat and Kasy epoxied the cracks in them and then rebedded them with new hardware.
Also replaced all the hardware on the self steering gear…
…And installed a bulkhead to block off the space in the bow where the anchor chain goes. It’s that little triangular space in the picture below… The chain sits in the very forward “corner” of the boat, and blocking off that little triangle made it easier to store stuff in the space next to it without the stuff getting wet/dirty from the anchor.
I made mosquito netting for both hatches. The way this works: it’s basically two rectangles of mosquito netting with tubular webbing sewn around the edges. I filled the webbing with sand to weigh the netting down, so now you can just drape the netting over each hatch and it stays in place. (more pictures later)
I also made myself a fanny pack, otherwise known as a utility belt.
And the coolest thing that happened… over the winter, the auxiliary rudder got snapped off by ice. It’s just a piece of wood, about 2 feet by 8 inches. Kasy thought it might have sunk down in the marina, because it’s heavy wood and was waterlogged. I thought it was just lost somewhere in the Delaware. But Kasy decided to try to find it, so he borrowed scuba gear from our friends and dove down about 20 feet in the marina. AND HE FOUND IT, within 30 minutes, on the third descent. I always knew he was good at finding stuff, but this was too much. It seemed like the rudder found him.
In other news, I’ve now tried and failed twice to make lacto-fermented pickles. It’s just not working for us. And also there was a massive spider in one of the portholes (it’s in the upper right corner.)
Here’s a night shot of the inside of Stout, with Kasy making salad. And a patron (cat) hanging out in a bar.
WE’LL SEE YOU WHEN WE LEAVE!!!!!!!!!