Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Looking at Sailnet in strange places
Back at the boat and we certainly did not fly first class. On the bright side, airlines outside the US are much better than in the US. For various parts of our trip we were on Air Transat, Alitalia, Etihad, and South African. Only South African was mediocre but it was only two hours from Jo'burg to Cape Town and we did get in early. Etihad was quite impressive, even had really nice headphones for watching movies.
Boat seems fine with only two fenders gone bad - one totally split and the other with a slow leak. Glad we have really good fenders 10 and 12 inchers. This place is seriously windy with 20 to 30 today, but the advice for those anchoring is that 50 knots is "commonplace". We had a boat caretaker who kept an eye out on lines and the like. We have some chafe damage from the main sheet on the Bimini which was on its last legs anyway. We will patch it up rather than replace since we are planning to build a rigid dodger/bimini when we get back to North America.
On the medical front my hand is usable but a fair distance from perfect. I suspect that using it will help as there is still a lot of scar tissue inside that makes movement a bit slower than it should be.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.