Disassembled and cleaned the secondary winches today. It's always a messy job getting the old hardened grease off. The solvent smells up Reboot. Pretty easy job; the tricky part is not losing the little springs in the pawls. I still have the primaries left- Reboot started rocking with the tide change and then it rained. Tomorrow I will finish.
After a close examination of my quite old running rigging prudence dictated a replacement. I replaced all the halyards. Deciding this was a half measure I decided to replace the sheets too. They came today.
The main sheet has been sticky. I attributed this to the swelling from years of salt water exposure. Both the blocks and the clutches were maxed out with the current sheet size causing lots of drag. As with the halyards I decided to downsize and upgrade to high tech line - Samson MLX. With a Dyneema core this stuff is very strong for its size. It is also a bit rough on the hands.
I also realized that the fiddle blocks were 22 years old and decided to replace them. How hard could it be?
It is very hot in the afternoon. I waited until it cooled down. I waited too long. I found myself squinting to undo the ring retainers on the old blocks and squinting harder to mount the new ones. I also forgot that removing the boom preventers to get clear access to the boom attachments meant the boom could swing freely. Which, given the tide created waves it did. Boom went the boom!
Time to thread the sheet. It took four tries to get the right sequence of blocks. During which it started to rain. And then thunder and lightning. Not good to be holding on to a big lightning rod.
My cockpit chart plotter stopped working leaving Singapore. When I came into Pangkor my cockpit depth gauge succumbed to lightening. I had depth at the chart table but not the cockpit. Not great. The chart plotter was acting like it was not getting power. But the gauge said it was. $900 repair +$400 shipping. Decided to take the wires apart. Sure thing, one was loose. Voila!
"The global financial destruction that will happen under President Trump has already begun." That was a headline in London's Independent newspaper on Nov. 9, 2016. Those whom the gods will mock, first they make pompous economic forecasters."
Sitting in the cockpit in a light rain. I am protected by a temporary cover while my new storm hood is under construction. The sun is setting and there is a gentle breeze. That helps keep the mosquitoes away. XO was cuddling for a bit but is now sitting on the opposite side with his forepaws tucked under his body. A nice night.