Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The things we do

...to get ready for winter.

Folding sails
#1 Fold sails. Above is our main, genoa and jib. We also have a staysail and another main sail which also got folded into neat little bundles like the one below. It is no wonder furlers are so popular. Loading, and unloading sails onto the deck, hanking and unhanking after every trip, and of course putting them away for the season, these are not things you think about when seeing a pretty boat on the water. Next year we hope to join the civilized sailing world by saving up for some furlers.

All the sails get put away in these bundles and stored in sail bags. We used to keep them in storage for the winter, but since our storage has gotten ridiculously full, were gonna keep them on board. I  hope mold and mildew won't be a problem, coz right now with us still here and the weather getting cold, it is very damp in the boat.

Riding the bosuns chair

#2 Mast touch ups. Next was my time to shine as Travis lifted me in the bosuns chair to touch up some flaky paint on the mast. Armed with sandpaper, epoxy and paint I had no time to be afraid of heights.

M touching up mast
As you can see I am keeping a firm grip on that mast. Its funny feeling up there.

Chopper naps on kayak
Once again our deck mates proved useless.

Billy naps in v-berth
I'm seriously considering a rebirth as a pampered house cat. I mean how good is that life?


judith said...

I agree with that rebirth... Gracie was up a total of 2 hours yesterday.

Travis and Maggie said...

And I bet she ate a little something...?

Laura and Hans said...

I'm terrified of heights but still head up the mast and you're right it really does feel odd up there.
And I've always said I'd like to come back in my next life as one of my pets :)

Travis and Maggie said...

That messes with my head, come back as one of your own pets? talk about the string theory!