This past weekend we vowed to spend some time having fun. We got to Blackbeard’s just in time for the 4th of July hot dog feast. Lots of good friends and good company. Later in the evening we sailed out to the Neuse River with the Prince Family to see the fireworks. We sailed until it was almost dark and then threw out the anchor for the show. Besides the big New Bern fireworks display we counted five other spots that were shooting them off as well. It was a beautiful night with wonderful friends.
I was so very grateful that John installed our new AC unit in the companionway. The boat was cool when we went to bed and we slept like babies.
Friday was a work day. It was time to attach the sail track on the new toerail.
Here are the steps we went through for this one thing:
1. Straighten out the stainless steel track.
2. Buy 50 4″ stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers from Bolt Depot.
3. Cut PVC strips to fit between the track and the toerail.
4. Set the PVC strip and the track on top of the toerail (two person job) and drill the first two holes.
5. I held the track while John went down into the cabin and stood on his head to put the washers and nuts on the first two bolts.
6. John drilled more holes in the toerail while I held it and pulled it in around the curve of the boat. (There are 25 holes to drill)
7. Back down into the cabin to put more nuts on bolts.
8. Finish drilling all holes, take off nuts, and take the track out again.
9. Go back and camfer all of the holes.
10. Add butyl tape around the top of all the bolts and under the PVC strip.
11. Put the entire thing back on the toe rail.
12. I held the bolts in place with a screwdriver and a wrench while John makes like a pretzel to put all 25 washers and nuts on tightly.
13. Drank a cold beer, took showers and headed home.
On Saturday we rode our bikes back to New Bern and dropped off our clean bedding and clothes. We picked up our buddy Tom Wynn and rode to Beaufort for a super delicious soft shell crab sandwich at a restaurant on the waterfront. The weather and the view was perfect and the company was wonderful too. We rode three minutes down the road to Morehead to visit with the kids and the grandkids. Then it was back to Blackbeard’s for some more time on the back deck drinking cold beers and spending time with friends.
Sunday morning we followed all the above steps and got the sail track attached on the port side. It took half the time as the first one because we had figured out which tools were needed and what the process was.
Here she is as of yesterday. We are one step closer to getting the sails back on her. I can’t wait!
We had a nice ride back to John’s house and then another cold beer to end the weekend. So good on a hot summer day:)