FROM 2-13. Equator-Cape Town

Happening part 2

A day of things happening – rain early calling for classic Eeyore, but cleared just as we were called in to the crane. Berri strapped, hoisted, dangled and turned while the old farts and Manuel did the paperhanger trick with pressure spray, scrapers and allen key – all the while being urged to get a move on because there was a queue for the crane. All done in about 40 minutes. Ferals galore – goose barnacles? – all happily living on the antifouling. Not any more. And I made a truly agricultural adjustment of the pitch on all three prop blades, made harder because I forgot to leave the engine in gear but a good approximation of fully available pitch tweaked into the old Kiwi and did it ever make a difference!  First thing I noticed when we were backing out of the crane berth was the prop walk in forward gear, then the speed with the engine idling. Noice!

Back on the berth and into the other stuff – Pete making a folding seat to go in front of the galley, me setting up the gizmology for Udo, packing the forepeak and trying to get my head around where we will put everything for the southern ocean. I had intended to ship all the arctic gear back to Oz but turned out to be too difficult so it's coming with us.

Then Udo arrived and we have AIS! – see next post. And more wind and grit. And the sailmaker arrived with re-inforced mainsail and little red sail with hanks – I fitted the old outer forestay a couple of days ago and we'll go with the hybrid Berri – hanks on the outer, furler on the main forestay set for twin poling all the way home…

Time for a cold Con in the bar with Pete and I'll do the AIS post later.

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