Thank goodness for my new first aid kit.
First item on the agenda was removing my old winches and installing some self tailing winches.
If you look closely you will see that the 5 mounting holes on the winch do not line up with the 6 on the old mounting plate so tomorrow I will have to pay a visit to the machine shop here at the marina.
So as usual, when you start one job, it morphs over into several others and I was looking for nuts and bolts to connect the winch to the plate. Now the previous owner bequeathed me a box of about 30 zip lock bags full of nuts and bolts. Trouble is you can never find anything.
So I bought a transparent box all full with compartments and sorted it all out.
I splashed out yesterday and bought a bag of ice so a lunchtime cold drink was heavenly.
I do not have a refrigerator on board the boat but needless to say, I am a little tempted.
I found an old medical kit on the boat and everything inside it was disgustingly mouldy except for the book which I will add to mine.
Next on the to do list was to replace the compass.
I bought it used and it has a big bubble at the top but at least you can see into it, not like the old one. I will have to check out how to get rid of the bubble.
Next I took of the old name "Endurance on the port side of the boat. The photo is upside down because I was hanging over the caprail while taking the shot.
I used a Stanley knife blade to start with and peeled the rest of it off. There is some adhesive residue left and it is not perfect but it should be OK. I pick up the new boat name from fast signs on Tuesday and fork over $120. I asked the painter here to give me an estimate to do my topsides and he quoted me $3800 for 3 coats of primer and 3 coats of AWL. Needless to say I was not impressed, and I guess he was too busy. They say that boating is like standing under the shower with a raincoat on, ripping up dollar bills. "Bottom Dave," the guy who prepares and paints your keel bottom quoted me $450 for 2 coats but I will wait until just before I launch her before I do that. Money, money money........