Saturday, January 12, 2019
Skull Creek: 9º
Our clear blue sky has been replaced by clouds which have brought with them temperatures 9ºF/5ºC warmer. 45º in the Great Cabin when I woke this morning and this afternoon temperature in the mid-50s rather than the mid-40s. A surprisingly dramatic difference and reduction of discomfort.
I oiled the interior wood this morning, went ashore, biked to a supermarket that I thought had Medjool dates and dried figs. It didn’t. I’ve looked at the other two supermarkets I can bike to without success. I may look again. I also still would like to buy a 12 pack of Heineken which I could not carry back today.
In passing, permit me to say how much I like to bike ride on the paths and trails here. It is simply an old man having fun.
I came back to GANNET and touched up the deck paint and stowed a few things.
I am through with the deck, which is not a good job, but will pass my standard of being viewed a boat length away. I would like to put a second coat of oil on the interior wood, which I expect to do tomorrow morning if it is not raining. Once the wood is oiled, I need to get off the boat to let it dry.
GANNET and I presently smell of paint, Deks Olje, and turpentine. Not quite a breath of the open ocean.
I also would like to scrub the Raptor non-skid pads.
David emailed me with the observation that from the GRIBs Monday would be a good day to depart, He is absolutely right, but I won’t be ready to leave. GANNET will only have been back in the water a week on Tuesday. A package I expected to be delivered today is now shown for delivery Tuesday. It is not essential and I could leave without it, but as many of you will know I like to prepare for passages in a measured manner. I never do anything at the last minute. And I like once preparations are complete to sit and look around and consider.
So I won’t depart Monday. And I will hope that a month of strong south winds does not develop.