Thursday, October 27, 2011

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Dear friends and family,

It's been just over two weeks and I figured I better give you some kind of update, plus we have some pictures to share.
Jimi found a fairly large crack in the bottom of the bilge; it runs through the middle of the keel and the lowest part of the inside of the boat. After some initial concern, it appears to be non-structural; however, he will assess it more in the future.

He continued to align the prop shaft.

He finished assessing all the standing rigging, wires and their attachments and placed a very large order - three grand worth. It's a big expense but worth the piece of mind at sea.

It's becoming more comfortable climbing to the top of the mast. Attached is a picture Jimi took looking down. If you look closely you can see me on the bow of the boat (right side of the picture).

Jimi found a good wind generator on EBay which he will attach to the mizzen mast.

He removed the gimbal stove from the galley and brought it home. He cleaned it up and tested it in the garage. We are pleased to report it works great. He has since re installed it. A gimbal stove is a swinging stove. When not locked in to place it swings as the boat rocks keeping the burners level, so the pots don't fall. It also has rails to keep them in place.

Jimi has done a lot of research on 12 volt refrigeration/freezers. We'll plan on making this purchase from Australia. A product normally used in the outback and draws under 30 amp hours per day of electricity. It will fit nicely in the spot we have for it.

Jimi ordered 600 feet of rope. We only need 400 feet of this rope, but buying it in bulk came out to the same price.

Two weekends ago, we spent the day at Blind Pass Beach. I am amazed at the amount of new shells and shark teeth that wash up. They are so beautiful and never ending. We must have collected a few dozen shark teeth in only a couple of hours.

Last weekend we checked out a new beach and snorkel spot. This place was absolutely amazing. Jimi tried to go out to snorkel, but the visibility was poor. Instead, we explored the beach and rocks. We saw an abundance of sea life including a octopus about 3 inches long.

My dad's birthday was October 10th. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!

We celebrated Jimi's birthday on October 15th by going to dinner at our favorite little restaurant here is Englewood.

My parents celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on October 23rd. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

Well, I suppose that's about all I have for you right now. In the meantime take care and I'll write more later.

Love everybody,

Lorie & Jimi

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