|Doing time on land|
Inside the boat it looks like a war zone, debris and paint dust cover every square inch, our senses are assaulted from every direction; ear deafening machinery, clouds of dust and burning paint, gritty eyes and throat, and the general dirt and grime that come from living and working in a yard. No matter how much I scrub my feet they are still dirty – I long for those idle days at anchor and promise never again to moan about being bored. The work seems relentless, but every day we plough on.
|Where are the sofas?|
We have good days and we have bad. We are working with Kenny the yard owner, and our expert steel man, he has heaps of knowledge and experience from his days of building steel fishing boats. Our days have been spent mostly removing paint - a truly horrible job. If the work didn't encroach on our living space it would be easier but when you live in a small environment, there is nowhere to hide.
The cat has taken things fairly
well and has taken position as our chief security officer – she guards the boat
relentlessly from the furry strays that live in the yard. I have never seen her
so preoccupied. We try to encourage her
to stay on the boat as we have rescued her from the water one too many times in the past (normally chasing other kitties) – she would not stand a
chance in the fast currents here. But
trying to keep her on board at night when the other cat’s prowl has turned our
lovely fur ball into a feral beast. One touch from us and not only are her
claws tearing flesh but her teeth are sinking in too! The yard takes its toll
on us all.
|Becoming familiar with a needle gun|
|The chief security officer taking one of her many naps!|
Our great waterfront location
Sim working hard in his onsie ;-)
dustsheets everywhere in a futile attempt to contain the mess.
Back to bare hull - the joys of owning a steel boat
Friends Jim and Linda arrive for a surprise visit
Another power nap for the security officer
Fishing trawlers steaming by
Is it Sim or is it Darth Vader?
Another hard day at the office!
Guarding the boat!