Barracuda

Back to it. I am down at the boatyard at 8:30 applying the final coat of Toplac; I hope.  Kiyuna san  roars in and explains that the engine is finished. Yay!

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Looks like new!

So schedule is – finish painting – put boat on higher cradle – do wizadry on center plate – put boat back on original trailer – re-install engine. Nae bother.

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We fiddle with rudder. Look at that huge lump of teak!

Again, it is too hot to paint by 11:30 so I wend my weary way home.

It is such a beautiful day that I release Medium Blue and cycle over to a place which the Americans labelled ‘Mermaid’s Grotto’. This is an awful name, smelling of sleazy bar in Miami, and I refuse to use it.

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Great place. 5 minutes on Medium Blue.

I snorkel.

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The sea is warm. Look fish!

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Wash my sins away

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Baby Barracuda

The only other people on the beach are three young Japanese girls.  They wave at me and beckon me over. I run. I am such a coward. I dread being sleazy.

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Medium Blue is a worthy successor  to Big Red

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