So, to all my faithful readers, a small but distinguished group, I send all my best wishes. Okinawa is untouched by the Myley Cyrus and it is difficult for me to conceive the awfulness that many of you are going through. Hang tough.
So, here is a happy story to make you all feel better. I try to raise the center plate of the boat but all that comes up is lots of cable. Ouch! This means that the center plate has conspired to free itself from the cable and wants to hang loose. This has to be fixed and in conjunction with the need to generally scrub her bottom I decide to haul her out and give her a good makeover.
So, the bottom of the boat is covered in weed and shellfish of various denominations.
So, first I scrape and then I spray and then I paint on new anti fouling. I work in glorious sunshine with the encouragement of all the boatyard boys with whom I have become close over the the duration of the Norfolk Gypsy project.
Hmmm not so good. The hole in the center plate, through which the center plate cable was threaded, has decayed into uselessness.
I scrape off all the weed and barnacles and limpet-like things. I then hose her down with high pressure spray gun, Yay! Ginowan Marina.
Then I paint her bottom with a chemical brew of awfulness that will keep the creepy crawlies off for another year, one hopes.
I then apply compound to the hull. This is the most rewarding work. What was dull suddenly becomes glistening.
I then paint teak oil on all trim and bolt on two new anodes.
This is all very well but the main problem is the center plate. Kiyuna san slices off the end of the decayed plate and welds on a shackle.
After three days of glorious work amongst friends in a Japanese boatyard, we drop her back in the water with a black bottom. Yay Norfolk Gypsy!
Look at amateur video.
I hope this makes you happy. Stay well.