I give Kiyuna san a bottle of Islay Mist in thanks for his work on the boat.

He blesses the boat by splashing whisky around and muttering stuff.

And all who sail in her.

The next day I find a package in the cabin.


The package contains 2 framed collages that Kiyuna san has created from the Islay Mist box.

I do not know what the Kanji says
Finlaggan I think

Thanks Kiyuna san.

My new boarding ladder that I ordered from Amazon arrives, hand delivered, on Sunday morning.

It is a 4 stepper

Here’s the rub. Installation should be easy, drill four holes in the transom and bolt down the ladder. Reality is different. Access to the space under the transom is through a small opening in one of the aft lockers. You need very long and jointless arms to be able to engage the lock nuts to the bolts that hold down the ladder.

I think I will buy a pet Gibbon and train it up.

Prehensile arms are a must in small yacht restoration.

Not to worry, I can always eat the best Sashimi in the world off the best plate.

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5 Responses to Collage

  1. Alan says:

    Nice fish! Ian produced some personally sliced tuna sashimi for us at Easter whilst Rosie made some wasabi from plants she’d grown herself. On the ladder fixing problem, would there be mileage in looking at toggle bolts? I’ve used them to hang very heavy items such as kitchen cupboards and they would get you away from having to employ trained simians. Stainless steel bolts would be best but non-stainless would be OK if you keep an eye on them and replace when rusting became evident. and and also

    • Hi Alan The problem is access. I will have to ask a sinuous Japanese lady to help.

      • Alan says:

        Ah, yes, a sinuous Japanese lady would be a fine addition to the boat’s equipment. The joy of toggle bolts is that access isn’t required for them to work. Glueing one of your teak panels to the underneath of the transom then drilling through the lot is all that needs doing. The teak manipulation could easily be achieved by said Japanese lady if you prefer to operate the camera.

  2. Ian Calder says:

    Umm, I’m guessing you would need a good teak or plywood backing plate on the inside, and maybe outside too with big washers. Could you work from the inside, I mean drill holes, and in the backing plate, then put bolts through from inside and tighten nuts on the outside?
    What is the green slimy thing on the tiller?

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