So, it seems I am moving into a new phase in my sailing career. Mixed feelings it has to be said. I know it is silly and anthropomorphic to get involved emotionally with a lump of plastic but boats are more then objects. So it is with a heavy heart that I will say farewell to Alexandros. I have learnt so much aboard her. She has scared the s**t out of me at times, but has also given me experiences that border on ‘religious’ in their intensity and wonder. No I mean it. Stop sniggering at the back there. Look, I am trying to…
Oh, never mind.
Anyway. It will not be long now before the new mistress arrives 🙂
She needs a lot of work doing. The last owner left the foresails hoisted and they have suffered badly from UV. Both sails are with a sailmaker and I am waiting to hear the worst. There is an area of rot on the companionway cover and a few suspect areas on deck. She needs a good stripping back to wood and varnishing to replace the horrible brown paint and all spars need sanding and varnishing too.
The engine is leaking oil and is a bit the worse for wear but nothing an ex agricultural engineer should not be able to cope with, even a visually impaired one. So, I hear you all asking. Why change Alex for this? Well…
…just look at her. The lines of her hull, the set of her sails, the cut of her jib (always wanted to say that). She is a beautiful boat.
So, all that now remains is to pay off the bank loan, strip and varnish the bright-work, mast and spars, service/overhaul the engine, decorate and refurbish below decks. Wash and/or replace rigging and fittings. Drop and check the center-plate. Oh, and about a thousand other jobs and bingo. We will be sailing by August 2013.
On that optimistic note I will close this entry. Farewell Alexandros, Bon Voyage!