Saturday, September 17, 2016
Durban: drip; short timer; glass
Evening. Rain is easing, but has been falling steadily, and sometimes heavily, since morning. I have not left the Great Cabin all day.
Sitting at Central, I was disappointed to hear water dripping behind me from the forward hatch onto the v-berth.
I crawled up there and found that it is not coming from the edge or any of the seventeen bolts securing the hatch that I applied butyl tape to, but from one of the screws that attach the hinge to the underside of the hatch. I will see what I can do about that when the rain finally ends, which may not be until Monday.
I also closely examined the bolts of the spray hood frame and the relocated cam cleats. No leaks.
I am a short timer. Only one more week on GANNET before Carol arrives and only two or three weeks when I return in January before I plan to sail on.
Next week should/may see the rigger come and install the replacement Raymarine masthead wind transducer and brackets to keep the lower section of the Tides Marine mainsail track from bulging; a sailmaker come to take measurements for the spray hood; another sailmaker return my repaired sails with a fourth reef in the main and new mainsail and tiller covers; and two repaired under warranty Raymarine tiller pilots returned.
I need to do something about the hatch hinge leak, get my laundry done, and pack.
The photo was taken on July 9, the day I went for a swim during GANNET's magnificent twenty-eight mile noon to noon run.