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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Hi All! I know I fell off the board - had three big projects last fall, many kid things happening with twins who became freshmen and had cross country, marching band, big projects of their own... and then my dad fell, didn't tell anyone, didn't break anything but got sick due to infection so I flew to Iowa and spent more than two weeks recently with him in the ICU, the regular med floor at the hospital, and then time in the skilled nursing wing of a different facility. 14-16 hours a day each day. It was hard, and he is doing better, but I may have to go back. Fingers crossed he continues to improve.
I did get to spend some time while he slept on the computer, mostly working on my research for taking care of our iron keel. I think I have all my notes ready for that project, and the bottom paint. I have notes for other projects - this week continues to look good for doing boat maintenance.
The people doing our rig said our roller furler needs replacing. I got to the yard on Sunday (so many people working on their boats in the beautiful weather!) to examine the damage - am hoping to repair or get a new part machined (suggested by someone who worked with furlers and does this kind of work though would not be the person doing it). If not, I guess the new furler is what will happen.
We saw a lot of boats coming in to Rock Creek on Sunday, including people sailing - I admit to being jealous! But relieved that so far, knock wood, it's been an easy winter. I know timing bottom painting is tricky based on temperatures, but I recall painting several J-22 bottoms as it snowed on us... First up, getting materials and ready for prep! Meanwhile, I can clean stains off the hull, and clean the bilge and coat the keel bolts. And there's an area of gelcoat repair I need to get on (I guess the PO didn't believe in fenders, and the beamiest bit on our portside got messed up). I watched a couple videos and it looks pretty easy.
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s/v Kaimana, 1984 Beneteau First 38