I just didn't expect my time to be now! But no matter, life is more important than my boat anyway. Too, it does afford time to do other things I really enjoy doing!
This period of life is quite handy. I spend my time motorcycling and working on my RC Gliders instead. And, am studying Italian at the university to improve my life abroad living in a country village. Sounds idyllic hum? Well, even this can be a busy place. But it comes with some much desired "slow it down" moments too. Nearly every evening we get to watch a great sunset over the hills of northern Italy looking west towards Verona and Milan. Ok, so that's not a water view but with the sounds of nature and the arrival of dusk, you can almost hear the whisper of St. Francis of Assisi (one of two Italian Conferred Saints) to listen to God's creation and muse on this wonder. The town of Assisi is just shy of 300 miles south of our house and very near the town of Catherine of Sienna, the other Saint from Italy.
But back to being on the hard. It is good to know that friends are checking on s/v Nautica while she's covered up and snoozing. She's got some admirers as well as she sits on a row of boats that haven't moved in years. She's now joined them.
This has been providing me lots of time to prioritize my future changes aboard. In that I'm not a natural engineer or artisan, I've got to take extra measures to forecast my planned work aboard. I'm certainly giving lots of thought to redoing the joint underneath the cap rail. In recent posts on the Alberg 30 FB page, I've watched as another Alberger has been doing just that. It seems that both that and the stainless steel plates underneath the stanchions need to be remanufactured and re-put with new stainless bolts to further insure water does not penetrate those locations as it has in the past.
In the meantime I study others' work and begin to scheme as to what will take long hours and what has to be done in a "work area" as opposed to what I can achieve where she is currently located. I also want to redo the bottom paint on her, a tedious but necessary task. I did this on BaggyWrinkles some years back. It is a slow and incremental task but brings lots of satisfaction. I don't think I will mess with her essential hull, other than to do some polishing. I could put that on the docket but think doing 1/2 of the hull which is necessary is better than doing the entire hull at this time. I might even reverse my thinking on that after another year abroad.
I brought my diesel book with me to Italy and have also begun to think of hauling the diesel out of its position in order to clean and apply brightsides to that area and make it more shipshape down in the power room. We'll see about that adventure.
|Yanmar diesel is running in this photo. I want to remove this little jitney for a makeover and while doing the engine to redo the compartment to further enhance its looks and insert noise blocking material.|
I have an eye to do what one of my followers did to his diesel, painting it yellow rather than dull grey. But to just be able to clean up and paint the bulkhead like is already done under the cockpit will enhance the overall look of that dingy area.
|Photo was taken on a rather sunny day as the shadows reveal. This installation has made getting into this area easy.|
I'm very happy that s/v Nautica does not appear to have any gross problems with water or leaking. She's got some areas that need improvement but she's overall in great shape. I have yet to finish the fresh water tank area, but these days, sailing on a lake, we most often carry fresh water in plastic bottles in a Yeti cooler don't we? This is the reason I put the batteries in the "ice box" remember?
|Selfie on Lake Murray pre-overseas move. Will be there again.|