Every trip to the dory usually entails a pass by West Marine for something. And, being that Baggy Wrinkles is in her 40's, she's usually got a parts problem that is hard to remedy. Ill fitting screws, and then old parts that break, like happened this week with the aft-stay base screws. While reinstalling one of them, I did what you never want to do, I twisted the screw just a tad too far and "pop!" The screw head toppled onto the taff-rail and looked back at me as if I should have known it would happen. I forgot how old it was!
So that meant a trip to the Depot for a tapping screw, since I don't carry that in my regular coterie of gear. I was fortunate to get that one out. And I was more fortunate that the Typhoon is so simple a vessel, once it fell into the hold, it was a screw driver's reach from an open seat hatch to stern. These little victories make me feel great.
The maintenance I don't look forward to is down below where I was about to replace my cockpit drain tubes with semi-flexible white tubing. I'd seen this on another Cape Dory, probably Get Kraken (check out his blog to the right where listed), and I really wanted that below-decks look aboard Baggy Wrinkles. If you've ever been aboard a ship, everything below decks in the operational part of a vessel is in whites. Helps with everything, lighting, finding screws on the floor, visibility, etc. So this was my turn below.
After having done this, I was sufficiently proud that I'd stemmed any possible flow of liquid aboard. And this is the view below with hatches open all around for preventing mildew from forming:
So a most profitable week. Winds are brisk these days so it won't be long before she'll be in the water again to test out the sealant. Plus, next we'll do some anchoring over lunch and see how that holds us. Am in search of a simple lighting fitment too. Want to find a simple but effective light system for those periods of darkness that might creep up on us...