Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here is a view from Karen's point of view. The pedestal is all bright and shiny BUT the instruments have not quite been installed yet. It works fine unless you push a button too hard then the tape lets loose and the instruments collapse inwards. One more project mostly done.
When we finally got the steering back together we took time out to take our helpers sailing. Karen was a first-time sailor and did a fine job of steering. It was a good day...the first time we had the boat out in about 3 months.
As part of the refit we tore apart the steering pedestal and were unable to sail for about 3 months as we had no wheel! Mark and Jack ripped out the steering cable, the conduit thru which it travels and replaced it all. Then since we had dry rot in the cockpit sole we dug out all the rotten wood and poured about a half gallon of epoxy into the void.
Once that was done Mark painted and reassembled the pedestal which now looks shiny and new.
The bad news it that we did not find an upholsterer here in landlocked Grapevine to do the job we wanted done (in time) so we will go with either no or the old (YUCK!) cushions and have them done in Annapolis.