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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go!

Posted by on November 16, 2016

It’s hard to believe that we have been here for two weeks already. Time has been flying by for us. It’s probably because we’ve been working six days a week. Whew….that’s right, we have been working as hard as we do at home in the summer except that we don’t have to deal with tourists. In St. Kitts they get lots of cruise ships and as we walk around town we are always getting offers from taxi drivers to take us back to the cruise ship. Here we are the tourists, and boy do we stick out everywhere we go.

This is where we catch the bus in the afternoons. You can see the peach cart there. Most days there is a man who sells cold beer at the stop. He is a welcome sight to see after we walk almost a mile to get there!

This is where we catch the bus in the afternoons. You can see the peach cart there. Most days there is a man who sells cold beer at the stop. He is a welcome sight to see after we walk almost a mile to get there!

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Not a normal vessel that you would see in a boatyard.

Not a normal vessel that you would see in a boatyard.

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Things have been going good and work is progressing on the boat. We’ve started prepping to paint and Brian has been working hard fiber-glassing some areas that needed to be repaired.

Brian fiber-glassing inside a hatch to repair a leak.

Brian fiber-glassing inside a hatch to repair a leak.

We had to order a new strut and it had to be sent and manufactured in St. Maarten. For a small fortune of course. Apparently per the boatyard there is not anyone in St. Kitts that could manufacture it because it is made of stainless steel. So off to St. Maarten for our order. The company that we dealt with (FKG Fabrication) were fabulous and very attentive. They even followed up with us to make sure that we received our part and that it worked for us.

Old and new strut.

Old and new strut.

Brian preparing the bottom of the boat to put the strut on.

Brian preparing the bottom of the boat to put the strut on.

For our non-boaters the strut is a metal bracket that is attached to the bottom of the boat that supports the propeller shaft. (Long pipe, shaft that goes from engine to propeller.)

The inside of the bottom of the boat where the bolts for the strut will come through.

The inside of the bottom of the boat where the bolts for the strut will come through.

After we had the part for a few days it was time to see how the fit was. Unfortunately it was not exact so Brian has had to become creative in making it work. We are in the final stages now and should know in a couple of days how it works out. He’s pretty confident though so we will let you know how it went in our next post.

We forgot to tell you all that we are preparing Moon for the “Coors Light Regatta”...ha ha, not really. We painted the cockpit with a special tin paint as a base coat.

We forgot to tell you all that we are preparing Moon for the “Coors Light Regatta”…ha ha, not really. We painted the cockpit with a special tin paint as a base coat.

St. Kitts flag flying proudly. What we like to see during the day when we are at the boatyard...wind, it is incredibly hot without it!

St. Kitts flag flying proudly. What we like to see during the day when we are at the boatyard…wind, it is incredibly hot without it!

Beautiful volcanic black sand beach. My favorite spot to escape and find sea glass and chaney.

Beautiful volcanic black sand beach. My favorite spot to escape and find sea glass and chaney.

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There is a small but nice beach across the street from the boatyard and I spend as much time there as I can. It is a chaney and sea-glass heaven.

Sea glass marbles that I found on my favorite beach.

Sea glass marbles that I found on my favorite beach.

Here is some of the chaney that I found on the beach by the boatyard. Chaney are shards of broken china that make it to the sea and are smoothed and tumbled by rocks. I just can't get enough of them. I always get excited when I find a nice piece. It is hard not to think about where it may have come from, how old it is and who it might have belonged to. So much history in every find!

Here is some of the chaney that I found on the beach by the boatyard. Chaney are shards of broken china that make it to the sea and are smoothed and tumbled by rocks. I just can’t get enough of them. I always get excited when I find a nice piece. It is hard not to think about where it may have come from, how old it is and who it might have belonged to. So much history in every find!

Not much going on here except for sanding, grinding and painting. As you can see from the pictures Moon really needs this makeover and I can’t wait until she is pretty again. Slap a coat of paint here and there and she will be as good as new. Well, I better get back to work before I get too comfortable in this chair!

Hazy day for a picture but I think that these are some type of falcons. I thought it was neat to see them perched together.

Hazy day for a picture but I think that these are some type of falcons. I thought it was neat to see them perched together.

Take Care All Until Next Time.

Brian and Jennifer

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