Summer has emerged in the South.
Rain has arrived and the first pollen has started falling in earnest. I remember the pine green coating all over Baggy Wrinkles last year but this year, it's all outside the protected cover. Miserable stuff too causing folks all sorts of upper respiratory problems. Temperatures have risen into the 80s now, although water temps drag well behind that. But it won't be too long now that the water catches up.
So, in this transitional season I took time to work on the old crusty Danforth which came with the Dory a couple of years back now. It came out of a salty environment and had pretty much a rich coating of scruffy stuff attached to it.
Probably not the best therapy for an anchor as the sanding and filing wore down the exterior coating on the metal. But for as much as I might use it, a little Permalac will do, to protect it from corrosion. I rarely anchor and this Danforth will go into a bag for storage underneath one of the berths. It's a good little exercise to clean something up and get it ready for use.
8 pounds. That's the size of this anchor. It's probably just about right for the size of the dory. On this lake I could probably get away with a 5 pound anchor however. 8 pounds is a certain victory.
As the weather has now warmed, it is time to turn attention to the hull for a bit of work and resurfacing of the hull from a salt-water protective ablative paint to a vinyl application which should protect Baggy Wrinkles from this fresh water lake and provide a bit faster flow through the water than the other paint. We don't really have a proper work yard but one of the members has illustrated a unique method for positioning his 29 footer tied to a couple of trees and I think that'll be the method I use to get to my hull for this operation. More to follow...