Coming Together (I think)
It seems some things are coming together, but not without concerns. I extended my visa today, an ATM ripped me off 500 pesos in the process but hopefully that will be sorted out. The engine parts have been released from customs in Auckland but still have not made it to the man in NZ for onward transportation, but looking good. The mainsail is sounding like the proverbial cheque, still on its way … waiting, waiting.
Meanwhile I have had a productive if very messy and smelly day cleaning out fuel tanks. Yesterday I transferred all my fuel into a 44 gallon drum on the wharf and started getting the sludge out of the tanks. Today I have finished off the worst of it. Now I will wait a couple of days for the tanks to dry out then vacuum the remaining gunk out, and meanwhile will let the fuel sit in the drum on the wharf to allow sediment and water to settle out before returning the good stuff back into the tanks. Not my favorite job but it will feel good when it is behind me and I will know the tanks should be OK for at least another few years.
Some tall ships arrived in town for the weekend today.
All is well.
Hard tack by any other name is still hard tack. The skipper has changed
brands but it is still dry and tasteless. Fish is what this feline needs. How
difficult is this for the skipper to understand? The heater has been off for two
days as well and while the skipper provides an adequate level of warmth during
the evening during the day my sleeping environment is not up to my usual
rigorous requirements. We make do …