New Halyards for an S2 11.0C
2/2 Saturday, 73/59, partly cloudy, SE5-10 - We slept in just a little this morning - the day was too soft and pretty to ignore. Dobbs had a morning appointment with the owner of the Islander 36 to review the anchor/tricolor light project. I filled our water tank and walked Murphy, and then wandered out to an S2 11.0C, in a slip down the dock from us.
The owner, Russ, joined the potluck last evening and, after a discussion about improving efficiency in downwind sailing, requested an estimate for a spinnaker halyard and whisker pole topping lift. I checked out his mast to see what hardware he had and what we’d need to add. I noted that his spreader boots were worn through, so that went on the estimate too. Dobbs came along after finishing on the Islander. While I returned to Grace and wrote up the estimate, Dobbs gave Russ a hand with a couple tweaks for his Harken MkI Unit 2 headsail furler. Russ received my proposal and agreed to all the work. He headed off to West Marine in Cocoa and I called in the parts order. The manager, Tommy (just like at home in North East!), pulled the items and had them ready for Russ to pick up around 2:30pm. In the meantime, Dobbs and I rode out to the Ace Hardware for tools and fasteners. We all arrived back at the marina about the same time (Dobbs and I rode down scenic Indian River Boulevard to appreciate the homes and gardens).
Dobbs and I got right to work splicing the halyards. I finished the halyards off with whippings and Dobbs headed up the mast to install the hardware.
I went back to Grace to walk Murphy and feed the pets their dinner.
By sunset, we’d completed everything but affixing the mast cleat for the pole lift - we’ll get that tomorrow after yoga. We carried our tools back down the down and stowed them below. Finally, it was time for a gin-and-tonic!
We had spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, which is always easy comfort food after a long day. We’re tired! And still there are dishes to wash and showers to take.