Still here, still sanding….. when will it ever end?
The answer to this question is around a fortnight from now. That is when Freespirit will stand naked and exposed, high and dry up on land and supported by legs of metal to stop her tipping over. Whilst in this foreign environment she will, weather notwithstanding, be receiving her much anticipated painting on dodger and cabin top.
I’ve decided to post a few ‘before’ pics here so that you can see what she looks like bare and sanded back, prior to her new tresses and trimmings. I’m both apprehensive and excited by the coming event. Excited to be finally up to this stage, fearful that something will go wrong.
Good sunny weather and no wind would be ideal but at this time of year a great deal of luck is involved.
Guessing the weather without a crystal ball is a highly exacting process involving a dart and a calendar. One closes ones eyes while facing the calendar and throws the dart. Its in the lap of the gods now but I’ve finally set a date for the whole process to be completed… gasp… and that begins on the first day of September, less than two weeks away now.
As if that wasn’t enough I’ve also taken on the task(s) of repainting her bottom with anti-foul after first carefully inspecting this usually hidden part of her anatomy for any nasty bits I didn’t know about before. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime I’ve weathered the winter in good health and temperament. Most of my time has been spent down below while the rain pelts down and wind howls overhead, staying warm and staying occupied. Playing guitar, trying my hand at rope work and reading up on places I’m likely to visit next year all things being equal.
A fine old gentleman sailor taught me how to make rope mats and here is my first attempt. Finished now, it sits at the bottom of my companionway steps, looking very nautical.