Varnishing occupied much our time in March and April aboard Irene.
Both masts needed a few coats of varnish each.
The cap rail, toe rail and grab rail were all stripped and refinished.
(That thermometer is showing the inside temp. It was cold out there!)
Ginger made new soft shackles for the staysail and hanked the sail on ready to hoist.
Peter installed new self tailing winches – 4 of them! Winch technology has been significantly improved since our old winches were made forty years ago.
Port Townsend Foundry cast a new mast band
Just a month after launching we had to replace a lost zinc on the new propeller.
That project involved two swims, one for each of us. It would have been a much more pleasant project in the tropics. Brr!
It was an unusually cold and stormy spring and we felt every blow and heard every rain drop at anchor. Spending the spring on the hook allowed us to re-acclimatize to more boat movement after our long stay in the boat yard.
We’re thankful that living aboard and working on the boat brought us outside so much to enjoy this wild and sometimes spectacular spring.