Sorry about the lack of updates recently, it’s been a busy week finishing off Pink Lady! Working in the sunshine and being back home at Mooloolaba Marina has been great. Some of what we’ve been working on includes fitting winches, deck gear, lining the cabin with foam, fitting communications equipment and finishing off the electrical system (including the all important stereo and speakers!)
I’m excited about my new stereo because Dad’s always said that when I get my own boat I’ll be able to listen to the radio stations I like, only problem is I suspect that the electrician Neil is deliberately taking his time plugging the last wire in so that he doesn’t have to listen to my music either! And just to rub salt in the wounds I know that when I get out there on the water chances are that the only station I’ll be able to pick up will the BBC…
I spent a bit of time with Jim the mechanic going over potential engine problems and am starting to feel confident that I really do know the boat inside out. Every little locker…. sometimes being the smallest person around isn’t a good thing. Whenever there’s a spanner needed in a tricky little corner I start getting meaningful looks… then hinting comments, I normally give up at this point and end up emerging from whichever locker, half an hour later covered from head to foot in sicker-flex.
Mum’s been making the most of me being home for awhile, by feeding me all kinds of long life food experiments for me to taste test. Not to be fussy or ungrateful but some of its becoming a little too creative! My brother Tom says he can’t wait till I leave so they can go back to eating normal food.
On Friday Targa frame version two arrived along with my repaired Fleming wind vane, getting the targa to the back of the boat was a bit of fun but all went to plan with the help of a dingy and a few strange looks along the way.
Next week’s going to be even busier and more exciting with the rig going back on Monday, first sail planed for Wednesday and time for some overnight sea trials by the end of the week.