Leather

So, it is Sunday and I look forward to a wonderful day of long cruising through the azure; like what I would have done yesterday had I not been working.

But as fate would have it, the wind ratchets up several notches and the early morning sail is unrelaxed.

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Even with a reef, the Scaffie is a handful

So I retreat,  sit at anchor and determine to right little wrongs.   I just like being on a boat. When at anchor, the rudder has to be immobilized so that it does not clatter from side to side causing trouble. I have tried several methods; the best being to use the traveller as a point of attachment.

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The traveller is the rope going from bottom left to top right.

The problem is that this method wears a groove into the tiller and this cannot be good.

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Groovy

I decide to wrap a band of leather around the tiller such that the groove is protected. This is great fun.

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At work. It is very windy and very hot.

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I love Opinels. This one I have sharpened to beyond razor. Super X is the best glue in the world.

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I spread glue on the leather and then sprinkle little diamonds on it.

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A great step for mankind

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New system using sail tie.

Whew, what a relief. No need to worry about the tiller. Now I worry about the mooring, which comprises two anchors in tandem.

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Main anchor. Notice chain leading to the second anchor

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Second anchor. Click on the photo and you will see lots of pretty little fish.

So I do not think I need to worry about the mooring. I swim back and stop to say hello to my favorite family of Clown Fish.

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Mine’s a pint

I like to have a project.

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I love this time of year

 

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