On the eve of the birth of my first grandchild, my would changes utterly.
DIANA GOES IN
Boat is still far from ‘complete’ but project has basically just run out of time. Still on the list:Worst: mystery seawater leak about 2 gallons/24 hrs. May have to have boat hauled ASAP to figure this out. It’s not through-hulls; not new through-hull for antique SR Mariner speedo; only leaking hose is holding-tank exit to deck, at the tank (can be fixed later); not keel bolts. Strongly suspect it’s the bronze drain plug, installed with Teflon tape inside and smeared over in 5200 outside. Will replace this with plug completely sealed with 5200 (when will I ever want a hull drain and why did I do such a nice job installing it?).
Still it is the prettiest boat on the River and many friends have been very encouraging. My mom was tested positive for Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease (if that’s not PC to call it that, sorry; but that’s what it IS) and I came down with it too. So no launch party or other observances; and so I sit alone down below through the rain with the fluffy bunny (April; she is become the onboard mascot - more on her as events develop) and the Patience game on my phone.
Now begins the next chapter of my life in which the fulfillment of this great reconstruction ordeal can be achieved!
Much thanks to all who have made this possible:
- Rachel Cherubini deWeil and all at NuWave Marine
- George Staton
- Jerry Rohrbach
- Jeremiah Masey of JDOC Marine
- Mike Georgeanni
- Matt Curtin & all at Curtin Marina
- my mom
Diana’s slated to sail into Barnegat Bay where she will be till early August. Reach out for an opportunity to visit and view her.
All constructive support is always welcome.
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