Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

After Tuesday, Even the Calendar Says, "W T F"

Promises, promises, promises....

Das Boot has her prop back from MarTec and her second coat of bottom paint. She is going to splash today, mid-day. Diesel Guy has to then fine-tune the alignment of her shaft. Because, as I have learned, the hull changes shape once it's in the water. So maybe the newly re-tooled engine mounts have to be micro-adjusted for that.

The first twilight beer can is tomorrow. I have two key members of my previous crew (they are pure gold) plus Trophy Wife (who's platinum). I've got a new recruit off the Club's classifieds: a  Frenchman. His plus is that he is a Ph D, so he parlez anglais. The negatives are he is leaving for the right-wing coast in June. Okay. At this stage I'll settle for a temp.

But I'm still looking for a knowledgeable mainsheet trimmer to anchor the rear guard. Maybe that'll end up to  be me, if weather permits Trophy Wife to drive at the Leeward pin.

I don't like the thin margin. If any of the above-mentioned pieces don't fall into place, I might have to scrub. Diesel Guy has to touch and give his blessing to the fooking engine or I'll be worrying about losing everything I have paid $,$$$ for in the yard.

Whatever. Sometimes, to quote Tom Cruise, you just have to say, "W. T. F."

10 comments:

  1. Hope it all comes together for you quickly.

    But of course, if you sailed a Laser then none of the above would be a problem - paint, diesel, engine mounts, prop, mainsheet trimmer, crew, crew, $,$$$, etc.- and you would be sailing already.

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    1. Yeah, but look at that shiny-ass prop!

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    2. For a nano-second, before they remounted the almost all-new prop, I asked myself was it worth the bother?

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  2. @Keep R.:

    For some venues such as mine, artificial forms of propulsion are a matter of safety. I am strongly attracted to sailing solo. If I am not racing, I could and would do that. But only in an age-appropriate craft. Not a Laser. Back when I was racing Lasers, I never dreamed of the fun involved in sailing as a team. I don't like to depend on others, but I do like depending on others!

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  3. Hi Doc, sounds to me that you need some of my tablets.

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    1. If you had left a link to the tablets, I would be suspecting spam, Fuk! What tablets would those be? Something to suppress my envy of youth? Something to treat my Anosognosia? What?

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  4. By the time I write this I hope you've enjoyed the first of the season.

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    1. It was as it appeared, Melt. At 4:30 we saw no promise for air. The only pluses were that the rain was very light and there was no chop. But we had to decide at that point. I had just recruited an experienced mainsheet trimmer and back-up helmsman Who will do fine until June (when he switches coasts) and I didn't want to give him a miserable day drifting in a light rain. We opted for a couple of rounds of ale. It was a fun time, sitting with our Catalina 34 friends. But it did come up a little. We could have finished the race, if we had gone. And, I'm always a great believer in doing that, especially being away for so long. Das Boot is still a young boat.

      I really wish I could get some of Fuk's tablets.

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  5. Ah, as long as Das Boot's bottom is wet and the Skipper's palate is washed what more could one wish for than some of Fuk's tablets? Perhaps said tablets could help with a delayed thaw?

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    1. Said tablets help with everything.

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