It is with a great deal of relief that I can tell you that funding is now in place to complete the work on Trouters. I'm not going to give details, but suffice it to say I still have a complete set of body organs (or at least as complete as they were on Saturday). There remains the problem of the drop in pension, but one thing at a time. The house cat is another story......
In the meantime, perhaps as an omen, yesterday was a successful day on 'Project Troutbridge'. Following my 'having words' with Butto on Friday about his time keeping and telling him turning up at 1130 for whatever reason constituted a half-days work and consequently a half-days pay, he 'reported for duty' at 0800 Monday morning like everybody else. I think his mates might have had a quiet word with him as well. John the GRP was busy putting on the gelcoat on the hulls. I had a call to say that the mast strut was ready early (a first for Fiji, surely?) AND I developed a cunning plan for recovering the VHF antenna cable and the halyard.
I actually did buy the bendy rods thinking that they would be handy for running wires. Prescient or what! Tape one end of the cable to the end of the rod and
After a bit of fiddling about
voila. OK, the cable got twisted round a couple of halyards, so we had to repeat the exercise, during the course of which the 'new' gib halyard dropped down as well!
'Me things not bent'!
The other hull/skeg has been done as well.
All in all a successful day. Oh yes, the house cat. Well I had read some years ago a study of cat owners had found that stroking a cat helped reduce tension and lowered the strokers' blood pressure. Following extensive 'stroking' over the weekend I can report that this is not in fact the case, and Adina has bald patches to prove it!