After weeks of living and working on Open Blue in the boat yard, the end is in sight as we are booked to go in the water on Saturday. But as usual it's not that simple as the water maker is still not here and fitted. It is due to be delivered today, and then Simon Trippier from Sivota Yacht Services is going to fit it with me tomorrow. As long as that all happens as planned we will be good to go in on Saturday, what could possibly go wrong!
If we miss that slot the yard say they can't launch us until the 3rd of May, which would be a major pain in the butt, so fingers crossed.
Progress on my jobs list has been steady, with 3 new hatches successfully fitted, nav lights fixed and all the anti-fouling and polishing pretty much done. Today I have to re-paint the white boot top stripe and put a final protective coat of polish on the topsides.
Yesterday I got out the climbing gear and did my first solo ascent to the top of the mast. It was slow progress while I got the hang of using the ascenders, and quite un-nerving to be hanging 40 foot up putting your trust in a pair of rope clamps. I'll have to go back up several more times as there are quite a few jobs to be done up the mast.
Once we are in the water the plan is for me to take the boat to Corfu (60 miles) and meet the girls and Fabrizio on Tuesday. They are going to take the ferry down from Venice which takes 24 hours. Let's hope all goes to plan and we'll be re-united next week ready for the start proper of our little adventure.