The summer heat is taking its toll on my progress. I am working on the boat weekday evenings like usual, but weekend days are tough to get anything done. I have all the free time on the weekends, but the daytime heat is oppressive to work on a steamy boat. Regardless, I've continued to get some things done. I am nearly complete with the first section of my recent "sectioning" of the boat, and that has me a bit giddy. Mostly because the first coat of new paint will be applied to a boat surface: the cockpit lockers. Depending on some things, I might get that done tonight. This weekend I started working on the second section: the cockpit area, engine room, and quarter-berth. First major project is to finish the re-coring of the cockpit sole. On Saturday I epoxied in the first piece of core to the underside of the cockpit sole and it went smoothly thanks to some help I had. In such hot temperatures, even with the "slow" hardener, epoxy heats up and cures quickly. So having a helping hand to mix fresh epoxy in small batches was key. I will update my re-coring post once I get a bit more complete and have more pictures.
For now, here are some of the best web finds from recent weeks:
Adrian Johnson's 5-part write-up of his single handed race from San Francisco to Hawaii - Great reading to kill some time and dream of being out on the water.
Boat Bits: A Couple of Notes on Budgets... - Boat Bits takes on the widely debated (on forums at least) $500/month cruising budget. As someone who has embraced a frugal lifestyle to afford this dream, this subject hits close to home.
Liz Clark and the Voyage of Swell: It's The Simple Wonders & Bluewater Hiatus- Two excellent narratives by Liz about making a passage after a while at anchor.
Windtraveler: Passage Making - The folks over at Windtraveler made a few notes on preparing for a passage. Their journey through the Caribbean has been great to read so far.
Blue Sway - a beautiful underwater video of Paul McCartney's unreleased song "Blue Sway" directed by surf filmmaker Jack McCoy.