Still work to do on Nine of Cups

 Bilge work is never fun!

Bilge work is never fun!

Sorry ... if you're looking for the Captain's Blue View today, you're stuck with me instead. As you can see in the photo above ... he's indisposed. 

There are several projects that we promised to complete before Cups goes to her new owners and we’ve been working diligently to make sure they get finished. We’ve been blessed with sunny, warmer weather this past week which has made all the difference in the world.

 Warmer weather has allowed David to finally finish the deck painting ... Hallelujah!

Warmer weather has allowed David to finally finish the deck painting ... Hallelujah!

Below decks, we’ve been emptying lockers, offloading “stuff” and sorting through tons of odds and ends that have accumulated over the past 18 years. Trash removal services at the boatyard are at an all time high and the local thrift store has certainly benefited from our pack rat mentality.

 Replacing a flaky voltmeter.

Replacing a flaky voltmeter.

David has replaced a flaky voltmeter and resolved some minor engine issues. The bilge is all cleaned out and all pumps are operational. The hot water heater needed replacing, too, and a new one just arrived, ready to install. The major work, however, is above deck.

The starboard side sheer stripe was problematic because the cold wet weather had prevented the boatyard from painting as scheduled. Once the weather warmed up a bit, the work was done and we turned the boat around to concentrate on the port side issues. The deck needed painting; the top rail and rub rails needed stripping, sanding and varnishing. The cockpit winch pads needed attention. Sails needed to be taken down and stowed. The list went on and on and inclement weather thwarted our best intentions. And then the sun came out …

 Varnishing the cap rail, rub rail and trim. What a difference the sun makes!

Varnishing the cap rail, rub rail and trim. What a difference the sun makes!

Though daylight is limited this time of year, the warmer weather has been conducive to continuing the painting and varnishing projects which were a major concern. Hallelujah!

 The hull inspection was the last contingency and Cups passed with flying colors.

The hull inspection was the last contingency and Cups passed with flying colors.

The last contingency for the sale was the haul-out for the hull inspection which occurred yesterday. We didn’t anticipate any problems nor were there any. Cups is scheduled to have her mast unstepped on Monday (yikes). David will help with the decommissioning and then she will be stored under cover for the winter here at the boatyard until early spring.

There’s lots going on! Stay tuned!