All clean and smooth as a baby’s bottom I admire my little ship. The slings left some pretty nasty stains on her hull and being hit twice this year has me needing to do a bit of cosmetic work but I need a clean pallet to start my masterpiece. I say clean pallet but this yard is filthy, one minute after her scrub down and a car driving way too fast up the dirt road sends a plume of acidic dust in the air.
Tuesday I will pull her bowsprit for the first time in five years for a full inspection and proper paint job In between my regular job. This will also give me a chance to inspect and varnish my well worn bow chocks. I’m still searching for a small bronze hawse hole for my stern anchor and trying to get the nerve to install a permanate 4 gallon gas tank with a proper fill hole and vent, that will give me a 48 mile range at 4.5 knots with an extra 12 from my one gallon backup tank. I can’t ever imagine using more than 4 gallons in a year so this would be a good upgrade and one that’s easily removeable if and when I ever build a new sculling oar and go engine-less again.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to install my wind vane but it hasn’t arrived yet so all I have to work with are my drawings and a few mocked up pieces of wood. Nothing will ever be done half ass on this boat so blending in a cross beam to my beautiful boomkin is slow going. I have an amazing shipwrite on the island, if only I could get him to help me install the bases for my boom gallows. I’m working on a good bribe to lubricate the process and get him to show up for what will take him less than an hour to do what is an Impossibility for me. Sookies cockpit feels very exposed in large and steep seas without proper lifelines in the cockpit, lee cloths will finish the womb and while I’ve give up on a dodger for now the spray curtains will be a huge upgrade in comefort and safety as the FC has no combing.
I have three envelopes filled with one dollar bills, it’s not a lot but I’m feeling very wealthy these days. One of them says boat, one says bike, the one labeled food is empty but I’m well fed these days so I continue the endless cycle of filling and emptying my little envelopes as work very slowly progresses toward and unknown future. I’m continually reminded how many of my friends have plans for my life, as of today I have none. I’m a drone now, my mind dull and clouded by the present life I have chosen.
I get an email titled Gale sail, an invitation to cross the straights on a brand new tri sail and staysail made by Carol Hasse, I want to sail more than anything but instead I will work for pennies. I meet a couple, perhaps in thier 70’s they are dressed from head to toe in brand new travel clothes, they even wear expedition sailing boots for the one minute walk from the hotel to thier little boat that hasn’t moved since they blamed me for crashing it. I study them intently and wonder what amazing stories they will tell thier friends and the pictures of them smiling looking like Indiana jones.
I’ve fought my entire life to never end up old and rich and running on emty yet here I am doing the one thing I despise more than anything on the planet. I’ve become a psychologist studying anger and why so many people simply can’t be happy. I don’t get to experience the root, just the present, pissed off vacationers. I’ve decided to roll solo, my empty coffee cup tells me it’s time to start my one and only day off this week, I have much to do. I look down at my watch, not because I want to know the time but because it’s shiny and glimmers in the sun and it makes me happy to no end, I love shiny shit.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” – Wayne Dyer