Busy in the boat yard

SWALLOW’s bottom painting is done!

This is the last ‘large task’! Now to finish a few small things as I wait for the barrier coat, applied to protect the keel’s steel shoe, to cure: 120 hours (five days) because of the 50-degree mid-April days.

Bottom painting isn’t the only work being done:

  • Fixing, painting and varnishing the dinghy oars
  • Removing the unused stereo
  • Rewiring the electrical panel so VHF and depth sounder are on their own circuits
  • Installing a new fuel filter
  • Installing a new rope clutch for the furler control line and a new control line

  • Installing the reefing cringle lines
  • Touchup painting on the deck, house and cockpit.
  • Installed a fresh zink onto the keel
  • Cleaning the fresh water tank


  • Cleaning and filling the engine fuel tank with fresh gas.
  • Varnishing of brightwork

  • New house batteries
  • Bought a whisker pole and installed a spinnaker eye on the mast
  • Installed a damper into the woodstove’s stack

  • Paid ’19/’20 boat registration and put the sticker on the hull
  • Cleaned, organized and removed unused items from the forepeak
  • and, sadly, sold my old boat 😦

I also visited family on the east side of Puget Sound –

Rode the Washington State Ferry SPOKANE.
My sister gave me some of her chickens’ free range backyard eggs!

So close to being able to launch I now need to think about where I’m going cruise!

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