Today, as forecast, it mostly rained. Therefore I spent a good part of it completing my tax return, with a little luck I will get a bit of a refund which will help pay for the much needed new headsail.
In the afternoon I went searching on the inside of the boat for the hole I discovered on the outside yesterday. I pulled a lot of the boat apart, the V berth, beneath the forward alleyway floorboards, and the starboard hanging locker. There was stuff everywhere but I just could not find the hole. From the outside I poked a screwdriver into the hole and came up against something hard about a centimetre inside. I tried drilling it, it was obviously metal. Eventually by taking measurements from various points on the hull, in particular the depth sounder, I reckon I had its location pretty well pinpointed. The hole must have been where a stringer and a frame met and for some reason there appeared to be a small triangular piece of steel welded into this spot, perhaps a sort of gusset. Having cleared all flammable materials away from the immediate area I broke out the welder and set everything up outside the boat to have a go at welding the hole up. It seemed to me that there was little point paying good money for someone else to do a bad welding job when I was quite capable of doing a bad welding job myself.
After much welding and grinding, then more welding and grinding, I eventually closed the hole off. I was grateful to Christophe for helping me for a short while, standing fire sentry on the inside while I welded on the outside, ready to douse any fires that might have started. If there are any imperfections in my job a bit of epoxy will soon seal off any pin prick holes that might still exist.
All is well.
Once again mayhem strikes. After several days of uninterrupted peace (if only the food would improve) today the abode was converted to chaos. In particular my vocational work space - the V-berth - was uninhabitable. I spent much of the day snoozing on the dining room settee. Hard tack for dinner, heater on, now time for a proper … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz