A Cold Front Arrives

1/24 Thursday, 73/45, sunny, SW20-25 - Dawn appeared ominous with low, confused clouds lit from below, the heralds of an approaching squall line and cold front. Rain poured down, winds gusted, and we saw and heard a bit of lightning and thunder between 7:30 and 10:30am. We holed up on Grace and stayed snug and dry.

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I worked on a sample Advanced Rigging Inspection for our website and wrote a blog page for yesterday. When the skies cleared, I walked up to shower and Dobbs installed a new ignition switch for our engine. What we thought was a failing starter way back in November (it was the most likely suspect given it’s age of 30+ years) is more likely to have been the ignition switch (less than 5 years old). After lunch we bicycled to various stores for supplies and then returned to Grace and did a second Salt Away engine flush. This is the last one; now we wait for the new pump. Then we walked the docks to advertise Walden Rigging, but met only one new couple to whom we could hand out a flyer. Still, Dobbs and I enjoyed viewing boats together.

This one’s for my brothers - my personal favorite of the day, a massive cruising ketch complete with motorcycle on the aft deck.

This one’s for my brothers - my personal favorite of the day, a massive cruising ketch complete with motorcycle on the aft deck.

The wind was back over the bow and the temperature warm enough that we had snack in the cockpit. I took Murphy for a walk, Dobbs fed the mutinous beasts, and we played a hand of Exploding Kittens. I made Sicilian zucchini pasta for dinner and we talked about all manner of things and listened to our favorite genres on Pandora. Now it’s 8:30pm and Dobbs is making the bed. We have dishes to do before we can crawl up there, but Murphy is in the queue.