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Tuesday 23 December 2008 Waikalabubu Bay, Mototapu

December 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Sniffing glue – I bet you thought excessive drinking and eating was all we got up to on Zinkwazi? Normally you’d be right – but stuck in our home berth by a gale warning and rough seas we had to do something. Those of you who own a boat will appreciate that the maintenance is never ending.

Rob and I split maintenance, with Rob responsible for everything outside and the engine while I do cockpit and down below. Unless it is something I don’t want to do, in which case it is Rob’s.

To avoid having to flake the chain when lifting anchor we (Rob) modified the chain locker so that there is enough depth for chain. But the modification needed to be headlined to finish it off. Headlining is like a cross between felt and carpet and is used to finish boats and cars.

So being stuck in port it was a good time to finish the job. Rob took to his bunk and I cleared out the forepeak and removed the squabs. I’ve developed my own method for headlining. I spray some newspaper with contact adhesive, let it dry off then stick it up where I want to headline and using a craft knife cut to size to use as a pattern. Then I lay it over the headliner and cut to size. Next step is to spray surface to be covered and back of headliner with lots of contact adhesive, let dry off and then stick in place. Simple – and quite an easy task in a roomy well ventilated area. Which the forepeak of a boat is not. After 5 pattern pieces, 10 contact spraying events in a small confined space, I needed some fresh air, so wind warnings or not, I was going sailing.

Not the sanest decision to leave harbour at 6:00 p.m. on a rainy cold night with gale warnings. But my logic (which proved to be true) was that as the front passed over we have a calm period before the wind changed direction. We headed for Wharf Bay Moutihe but the wind had shifted from SE to SW so we carried onto Waikalabubu Bay. Dropped the pick at 9:00 p.m. And settled in for the night. Although we could hear the wind in the rigging had a very good night.

Terrible headache this morning – no more sniffing glue for me. For a while!

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  • 1 Ross // Dec 25, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Yay- no more flaking [sic] the chain!