Tue 21 Jan 2014 11:34
Weather: overcast, cool
Today, at last, I have been able to devote my time to something other than the Japanese bureaucracy. Having seen a fair bit of Naha already in the process of chasing bits of paper I decided that I really needed to attend to some overdue boat maintenance. The first thing I did was to give Sylph a good scrub down to remove all the black boot marks, both my own and those of the multitudes that came on board last Thursday to clear Sylph in. Next I finished off rewiring the satellite phone antenna with new coaxial cable so that now we should hopefully have relatively reliable long range communications once again (fingers crossed). Then I attended to some rust in the bilge that I discovered while running the coaxial cable under a floor board that rarely gets lifted, and finally I climbed the mast to inspect the rig, which I am pleased to say seems in good order.
That has pretty much kept me occupied for the day. This evening I plan to do some laundry, and perhaps have a cheap meal ashore. Tomorrow I will attend to some rust spots on deck. Also there is a leak in the cockpit sole which I would like to isolate and eliminate. Then, once I feel that I have brought Sylph's job list back to a more manageable length, I will perhaps think about doing some tourist type stuff, maybe Thursday.
All is well.