Here’s another post that I wrote months ago (literally) and never got around to posting…. my apologies, dear Readers!
Celeste received a lot of TLC this winter, both at the boatyard and once we got back in the water.
Here’s what we did in the marina after our launch on 12/5/16:
First we addressed our new rig: We tuned the rig (tightened the stays and shrouds so that the mast stands up correctly, at the correct angle); re-attached the boom and spinnaker pole, ran the sheets and reef-lines, put our mainsail back on, and sealed up the mast collar (where it goes through the deck) with boot tape.
We had installed a new steaming light (navigation light for when a sailboat is motoring) before stepping the mast, but we’d had a snafu with the wiring, so we fixed that.
We also put Celeste‘s interior back together – re-installed the table, screwed the floorboards back in, and reconnected the bilge pump and plumbing, stowed all our stuff, and generally got the boat liveable again.
We through-bolted new eye-straps on the foredeck for our new-to-us dinghy.
For a long time, we’ve wanted a nesting dinghy and this fall we finally found one in our price range. So we sold our trusty Dyer Midget (to some wonderful people on the Columbia River) in favor of this new dinghy. It’s called a Chameleon, designed by Danny Greene. (I’ve written a piece for Off Center Harbor about it that should come out soon for those of you who are interested in more information.) It’s 10’6″ when it’s assembled for use, so quite a bit bigger than our Dyer, but only 5’6″ when its two parts are nested together and stowed on deck, so it has a smaller footprint and just barely fits on the foredeck aft of the windlass:
We put in new stanchions to replace the ones bent in last winter’s storm, and we also replaced our old corroded lifelines with shiny new ones:
We installed a hard plastic holding tank to replace the bladder type we used to have.
And we went sailing a few times! Although it was cold, we had a lot of fun – good wind and Celeste handled beautifully! We just tacked up the harbor and ran back to the marina, but it was good fun!
So, that was what I wrote several months ago.
Since then, we went back to Switzerland, where Seth successfully defended his PhD dissertation (as mentioned in an earlier post – thanks to everyone for your kind comments and congratulations!) and where we got in a couple of days skiing:
Back in Port Angeles, we had a few minor details to finish up on Celeste; plus we sold the car we’d bought for the winter, said to goodbye to our wonderful friends we’d made there, and generally got ready to sail back to our favorite haunts in Alaska again!