Rigging, dinghy swamping, Coastal Exploring and lots of work!

Our full week in Kodiak has been Jam packed.

So far we have;
Stowed the food, Mounted the new stove, Built and installed lee cloths, Re wired the Chart Plotter and depth sounder, Reconfigured the coachroof area and mounted the life raft, Built the Headstay radio antenna, built new Genoa and Jib stays, Sold some stuff, Built a rain cover for Tater, Swamped the dinghy and recovered with dignity, Explored local shores. Sampled local coffee and food, Built the boot dodger cover, Re laced the mainsail perils, Inventoried the tool and parts holds and begun work on the lifelines.

4 days remain. Much to be done. So here is a shotgun posting of Mad prepping adventureness!

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Salvaged Pit liner was saved from certain destruction in the oilfield. Then converted to super strong lee cloths for the boat. The second cloth serves as extra gear stowage when running a large crew.

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Rachel arrives and gives us a taste of Hawaii with Spam Musabee. It was great!

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We sailed for town in Scarlet. First time in heavy wind. We broached hard in a gust, mid jibe. I learned allot about Scarlet, her rigging and my crew. Everyone did great, kept calm and dealt with the situation. With some re configuring in the rig, Scarlet will be a fabulous tender.

Big props to Dan Duame. The watertight bulkheads held and kept us afloat.

Steve wanted to know how to make an emergency camp stove from a soda can. so we made one.

A lesson in stove construction for Steve, ended in roasting marshmallows.  In 20 minutes with a needle, knife and a sharpie, a nice stove can be built.
A lesson in stove construction for Steve, ended in roasting marshmallows. In 20 minutes with a needle, knife and a sharpie, a nice stove can be built.

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Steve and I explore when we have met our work goals for the day.

Getting comfortable up there

Cool bird nests in the rocks.
Cool bird nests in the rocks.

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Nice pose Stevo
Nice pose Stevo
We saw some cool nests and picked up some nice shells.
We saw some cool nests and picked up some nice shells.
There was no flapping.  Only gliding...  And pooping....
There was no flapping. Only gliding… And pooping….

Looks like nesting season

Steve and I see lots of birds.  Were gonna check it out.
Steve and I see lots of birds. Were gonna check it out.
Scarlet lies in the soft kelp of a nearby beach as we explore.
Scarlet lies in the soft kelp of a nearby beach as we explore.

The life raft is mounted! The liferaft mount ewas bought second hand. I broke it while “Modifying it” with a sledge hammer But was able to weld it back together. Preparedness and ingenuity pay off!

A tool drop from above could be bad.  So anyone on the deck wears a hard hat.
A tool drop from above could be bad. So anyone on the deck wears a hard hat.

Rigging has been a fun undertaking. Frustrating and challenging. Like all things worth learning in the end.

The insulated headstay in place.  Fits perfect!
The insulated headstay in place. Fits perfect!
This headstay will become the new HAM radio antenna as well.  Thanks to these insulators from Capt Massey.
This headstay will become the new HAM radio antenna as well. Thanks to these insulators from Capt Massey.

Rachel and I tested for Ham Radio, getting our basic licenses. We took different tests and got the same score!

Rachel and I passed our Technician level HAM license exams!
Rachel and I passed our Technician level HAM license exams!

Searching for grinder nuts. No one had them. Had to buy another grinder. Dang. But so far thats the only thing I forgot at home. Which is remarkable for me. Those who know me, know what that means.

Nope they don't have it.  No one does.
Nope they don’t have it. No one does.

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A warped floorboard was flattened by the tater. We carried it around in the truck for a few days, pressing it as we parked. It worked quite well.

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The rigging process is more how you hold your mouth than anything. I plan to post a how to on the whole process when I am done.

And so it begins
And so it begins
Up there figuring it out.
Up there figuring it out.
My week has looked mostly like this.
My week has looked mostly like this.
Wer worked the Mainsail over, with re laced Perils and a chafe collar was driven into reef point number 2.
Wer worked the Mainsail over, with re laced Perils and a chafe collar was driven into reef point number 2.

Decorative knots on Scarlet by Steven Osborn.

Stevo has been working on his french hitching.  He did the handles on Scarlet.  Nice work Steven!
Stevo has been working on his french hitching. He did the handles on Scarlet. Nice work Steven!

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The new Alcohol stove is fantastic! And getting rid of the rarely used oven, made room for bug pots and, yes another lee cloth.

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Rachel goes to work with the Sailrite machine onboard.

Rachel brings her sewing skills to Empiricus
Rachel brings her sewing skills to Empiricus

Local Java hunt is a daily occurrence.

OK Were all jacked up on coffee lets get to work.
OK Were all jacked up on coffee lets get to work.
Note the raised stumpy finger.  Thats classy.
Note the raised stumpy finger. Thats classy.

Rachel and a bowl of Coffee

We have been sampling the local coffee and using internet.  This place was very interesting.
We have been sampling the local coffee and using internet. This place was very interesting.

Cover done

Our stuff was getting wet, so the remaining pit liner was put to use over the old Scarlet rack. Sweet custom topper!

The lee cloths simply tuck under the bunk when not in use.  Simple and effective.  Like all old school approaches to the sea.
The lee cloths simply tuck under the bunk when not in use. Simple and effective. Like all old school approaches to the sea.
Behind the gear cloth lies the medical emergency shelf.  We have a well prepared medical emergency system.  Thanks to the expertise of onboard Medic.  Will Watson.
Behind the gear cloth lies the medical emergency shelf. We have a well prepared medical emergency system. Thanks to the expertise of onboard Medic. Will Watson.
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