I set myself four tasks to complete this fall, before the winter rains begin in earnest. These are:
- Sand and varnish the caprails, eyebrow teak and the handrails.
This task morphed into something much bigger - while Jane tackled the eyebrow and handrails, I ended up removing the 16-year accumulation of varnish from the starboard caprail, taking it all the way back to bare wood. Then I dug out all the caulk between the caprail and the bulwark and reapplied new polysulphide. Currently, the starboard caprail needs one more coat of varnish; the port side is complete. We plan to re-mask and apply the final starboard coat while at anchor in Blind Bay. Since we have a wedding to attend next weekend, this probably won't happen until the week of Sept 8.
- Erect fencing around the young trees on our property.
This is necessary because the young bucks destroy small trees as a territorial signal to each other. I laboriously drove fence posts into the rock-hard soil and stretched chicken wire around 8 trees. Task complete.
- Paint the front of our log cabin.
This is the side facing southwest - the sun does its worst here. Requiring about a hundred thousand trips up and down a 30' extension ladder, all I have left to do on this is some window trim - about another day's work.
- Repair Eolian's cockpit canvas.
Several zippers need to be replaced due to the sun destroying the plastic teeth. I had also planned to re-make two of the top Bimini pieces; I have the Sunbrella on hand... we'll see if I have enough time before the rains start.
And so has my body.