1137Hrs – Sun Downer
Hi all, I’m back from the sunshine and straight into the torrential rain and gloom of the UK’s washout summer. In the Algarve there had been no rain since May, temperatures were in the high 20’s and it was almost always sunny. Here there has been several inches of rain in the last 24hrs, it’s about 15’C and the sun is nowhere to be seen! I’d forgotten what it was like to live outdoors and if I needed any reminder of why I want to sail away I got it big time! The holiday was fantastic, a great mix of relaxation, exploring, good food and drink and general good times. Highlights for me were seeing a pod of pilot whales from the awe inspiring Cape St Vincent and snorkelling for the first time since having my eyes lasered. I also saw a few Wharrams anchored near Culatra as we were on final approach into Faro.
Whilst the holiday acted as a great incentive to get cracking with the build again I confess that returning to the cold wet and gloomy barn was challenging. The rain had got into the electrics so I had to spend some time with WD40 and screwdriver drying plugs and sockets before I could get the circuit breaker to stay on. Rainwater had leaked onto some of my Douglas Fir stock and into the port hull forward section. No damage done though. As you may recall I spent a lot of time some weeks ago getting the hulls at the right distance apart and level to each other. I realised though that I simply hadn’t got enough working room down the outside of the port hull and that the leaking gutters would continue to dump water on me and the work area if I left things as they were. I decided therefore to move the hull about 4 feet further away from the wall before I got started on the port hull upper hullsides. It was a pain in the ass but I’m glad I did it as it made things much easier and I was able to crack on and get 6 panels dry fitted this weekend. I know that the next few weeks could prove a bit testing as the nights start to draw in and the weather continues to be bad. Another Autumn and Winter is approaching fast so I’d better get used to it!