Sunday, March 31, 2013
In preparation for stepping the mast we decided to paint it. That meant removing some parts and a great deal of masking off other parts for protection from overspray. Lots of sanding and prep and then new paint. When the mast was finished and looking all shiny and new we then decided we really should do the boom as it was laying there looking rather forlorn. Another round of masking, sanding and prep before Charlie could paint.
Our daughter Bryna, and boyfriend John, came down to help with the stepping of the mast, a very exciting day even though it was 34 degrees and overcast.
|Bryna on the left holding the lifting straps and wishing it was sunny and warm. Charlie on the right with an employee from the crane company watching for the hook.|
|Up, Up..... Charlie in camo vest.|
|This is one of our favorite pictures. Left to right: Bryna, John and Charlie all with hands in pockets looking at the rigging and thinking, "Sheesh, it looked a lot more organized on the ground!"|
|It's in, Hooray! Note, the yellow lifting strap by the ladder - more on that later.|
|Bryna starts the rigging process|
A portion of the deck on the starboard side needed new non-skid. We used a product called Gibco, which is a mat with the non-skid pattern embedded into it. You then take the pattern pieces and lay them into the wet gelcoat material and squeegee the mat into it until every piece is laying down smoothly and flush to the existing non-skid.
|Marina view of floating foot bridge. The bridge is usually flat or on an incline down to the marina. The angle from which this picture was taken does not do justice to how high the peak is off the water. The buildings in the background are the restaurant and fuel dock.|
|Debris collected around the restaurant and fuel dock.|
|View of RV park. Notice picnic tables to the left. Several RV's have pulled out for a few days as the river continues to rise.|
|View of RV Park from the stern of Leap|
|Marina clean up begins|
In a burst of southern industriousness, just build a "rake" out of 2x4s and hang it on the front of your john boat. Put one person in the stern to drive and another in the bow for ballast to hold the rake down and you're off.
Lots of raking to do.