we have turn the wick up as far as getting into Eden, we have notified Customs
that we intend to clear at Eden, at which point we will hopefully fit and
calibrate the replacement Autopilot which will make life a lot easy for James
and I to complete the delivery. If we keep to schedule we are hop
to be in Eden on Thursday late afternoon early evening.
this morning I called the guy’s up to furl the genoa as we were getting a little
hard pressed, well when James pulled the furling line all that happened was that
we had a hell of a lot rope in the cockpit and the Genoa was still fully out!!!,
for a short period of time we
a little perplexed as to what could of gone wrong and then we realised that the
rope was still attached to the barrel and nothing was happening. So James got on
the bow of the boat to investigate wearing, hmm I'll get to that later.
When James got to the furler, the barrel that the rope goes around was turn
independently of the sail furling system, which it shouldn’t.
rolled the rope back onto the barrel and miraculously found the Allen screw had
worked its way loose and was still sitting on the foredeck! while the boat was
still pitching around on the waves!
then discovered that we had not got the correct tool for the job i.e. a Allen
key, so we came up with a wicked and devious plan. We found a blade screw driver
that fitted so that we could tighten it up and used some sikaflex sealant as a
thread lock to stop it coming undone before we hit land...job done!
only down side to this story of success is that Leigh and I will be seeking
physiological therapy at the earliest possible time, I think that I speak
for both of us when I say the image of James head down and Arse in the air
wearing only a tee shirt and a pair of Jockey pant will haunt us for some time
to come lol.
that’s the start of our day and I’m sure there is more to follow.
Mark, James and Leigh
I’ve been asked to explain why James was wearing well to
be honest not a lot, well the truth is because he is a bit of an
exhibitionist on the quite!! not really he was asleep in
bed when I called on all hands. But that’s not really funny at all is