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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
Take Care All Until Next Time.
Brian and Jennifer