Despite the recent rant about the rain , sometimes , like to day, the weather is brilliant. So sunny and so warm , that I got out the paint to do some paint repair. The foredeck paint patch was reinforced with white epoxy. The coal tar epoxy applied in Easter Island has stood up well.
The lower ends of the standing rigging were showing a little rust. However it was not real rust , just a mix of volcanic ash and some grinding slag from a steel project when we were tied up to the dock in Estancilla. Even so I applied some epoxy to the cable and the eyes ,avoiding the turnbuckle threads.
Richard L. has purchased the boat next door , an Island Packet 370 , well equipped but totally new to him. So far he has repaired and made a new switch for the bow thruster (!) , re-built the toilet , been hoisted up the mast to replace a destroyed spinnaker block.He is also learning how to sail a Laser , in preparation to taking his yacht out into the roaring forties. Think about that.
In addition to painting , I made a cover for the windlass , so perhaps less rust from the chain will stain the deck. I also made a high tech heater stove intake chimney cover , from a red pastic bowl. We were getting some sea water down the pipe in rough conditions.
Also I had made a new bow protector from checkerplate aluminum , for enhanced ‘yachtiness’ and to prevent the 55lb rocna anchor from damaging the paint any more.
The rowing shells are constantly on the river in fairweather or foul.
The turtle came out to warm in the sun.
The yacht club marina looks different in the sun.
The Danish yacht ‘Pi’ has left to head up the coast towards Peru. They really need 5 or 6 days of south wind to get far enough north to avoid north winds from the next front. This time they won’t have it , but they wanted to get going anyways.
For our south bound trip we only need a 24 hr window to get to Canal Chacao. Our best bet might be to head out on the tail of a North wind from a front and get there before the south wind strengthens too much.
I have been using a grib file reader called Zygrib for weather maps , which seem really good and fast , from the internet.
The other factor is the Chilean Armada , which keeps very close control over all marine traffic , so much so that the communications themselves require a significant amount of time. We shall see how that all works out.
Hoping for a little more dry, warm weather, in Valdivia.