Stitches in Time

We’ve been waiting for a nicer weather window here in San Carlos… and since we’ve been waiting, we thought it might be fun to go out for an ‘afternoon sail’, and at least get the sails up and our sea legs stretched.

Turned out to *not* be such a great idea:

Ripped Mainsail

See that 10' rip? That's not supposed to be there.

 

There was no sail flogging… there was no yelling… there was really no drama at all, just a clean rip, starting at a batten pocket, and running ten feet (ten feet!) of mainsail.

This required many, many, many hours of hand-stitching. More hours than you might think it could possibly take to stitch up a little sail like ours. But that sailcloth… it doesn’t really like being pierced. So piercing it repeatedly, from one end to the other, you can almost feel the sail shaking in resistance.

Or not, I’ve just spent too many hours stitching the damn thing so I’ve given it a personality of its own 😀

Repairing the main sail in San Carlos

Repairing the main sail in San Carlos

 

And now ~ sail repairs are complete, tanks are full, cupboards are laden (is that a word???), oil is changed, fuel filters are swapped, and we are ready to cross to the Baja side. Hopefully tomorrow!

Other little projects

It hasn’t *only* been about the bottom of the boat though… Here’s what else we’ve been doing:

Sewing funny little cushions (out of Mexican doormats and left over foam), and making Tostadas (again and again and again!)

 

Working on the hoses that lead from the toilet to the thru-hull (hole in the hull of the boat that lets water in and out)

 

Trying to decipher which one of these spices is pepper... mostly they sell pepper with lemon, pepper with chili, or pepper with something else. SO hard to find just pepper!!

 

Hanging out with each other, enjoying work-yard life and the non-long-distance-life!

 

Jonathan's beloved windvane panel... because running a painting business all summer and then painting the bottom of the boat 4 times wasn't *quite* enough painting for him... The cobbler's kids may not have shoes, but the painter's boat definitely has paint!!! 🙂

 

Jon & Davide, one of the many friends he made -- all the workyard guys loved him because he would stop and practice his Spanish with them. Whenever I couldn't find Jon, I'd go to the guard shack and find him hanging out 🙂

 

Sailboat decal name

The newly installed decals. There was a fight about a comma after 'Vancouver'. I said you needed it to let the reader know there was another line coming. Apparently this makes me a nerd, but even worse, an incorrect nerd. So I lost this argument (But I saved the comma, just in case...)

 

Extremely happy to have the SSB radio working, and to be listening to the "Sonrisa Net", which tells us the weather and forecasts for the area -- My call-sign is VA7LMK, just in case you wanted to know!

 

And this morning, feeling pretty darn happy to have the land portion of this adventure behind us, and a beautiful looking boat to show for it!

 

A Journey to the Sea…

3 weeks to the day since I arrived in San Carlos, Brio is finally in the water!

Here’s a little photo essay of her transformation:

A before picture -- multicoloured bottom paint and all!

 

After Jon had scraped all the old paint off (with a 2" carbide scraper), showing a mix of gelcoat and primer

After Jon had scraped all the old paint off (with a 2" carbide scraper), showing a mix of gelcoat and primer

Post-sanding -- took 4 days to sand the whole damn bottom

Post-sanding -- took 4 days to sand the whole damn bottom

But we had fun while we worked ~ except for that drip of barrier coat in Jon's eye...!

Brio with her first coat of barrier epoxy in place -- Exciting! And kind of pretty with a grey bottom, right?

Brio with her first coat of barrier epoxy in place -- Exciting! And kind of pretty with a grey bottom, right?

First moments of bottom paint! Are you as excited as me about all this?!?!

First moments of bottom paint! Are you as excited as me about all this?!?!

Bottom paint finished -- now we can really appreciate how much work 'mi novio' put in to this baby

Bottom paint finished -- now we can really appreciate how much work 'mi novio' put in to this baby

And showing off her new name too :)

And showing off her new name too 🙂

Then a ride through town, with me grinding my teeth the whole way, praying we won't be 'the one that got away'...

Until finally, it's launch time (Do you like the size of our flag? Jon says I can't keep it... apparently 3'x5' is an overwhelmingly large size of flag for our boat. I think he just doesn't want anything to obscure the pretty windvane panel that he painted - with white stripes, to the right of the flag!)

 

She floats!

Now we are sitting on a mooring in San Carlos bay, where we’ll stay while we provision, do massive loads of disgusting work-yard laundry, and watch for a weather window to cross to the Baja side of Mexico. Needless to say, I’m pretty psyched to be a floating boat again!!!

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