So we’re on a mooring.
As much as we dissed it last summer, having a 400 pound anchor with battleship chain makes for a restful night under all conditions.
(You got me tied down with battleship chains, 50 foot long with a 2-ton anchor…)
We were at anchor here for a while – you may remember our account of the storm. Then we went into the dock for a little while. During that time, I started some projects. The cockpit coamings were due for a new coat of paint. But the big’un was the jib sheet winches. Whew. We hadn’t done a cleaning and regreasing yet – 4 years in with pretty constant use, and it was time.
After struggling with the retaining nut at the top for three days – soaking the bronze/stainless mating surface with Liquid Wrench and hammering at it (in the process, smashing my thumb and losing our mallet overboard…grrr, argh) – I separated the pieces and went to town on cleaning them up.
A lot of grease where it belongs and none on the pawls and springs (machine oil for those), and they went back together easily. Now the motion is smooth and the pawls click into their teeth, making a nice crisp snapping sound. Just like new. Goes to show the quality of Barient winches.
And now we’re at home for the summer.
The sunrises have been breathtaking and they are unencumbered by the structures of shore. Since James leaves the boat at 6:15, I (Dena) get in the little boat with him and blink sleepily at all the beauty. He gets up a little earlier in order to have coffee, and he gets the real glory.
Then I row back to the boat and have my own coffee before starting my day. This rowing back and forth is only the beginning. Our little commuter vessel is getting quite the workout. There’s ferrying James twice a day, plus my trips to the grocery store and/or gym.
As soon as we got on the mooring and Dena took off to Montana, in classic New England fashion, it got cold and rained for a week. Me (James) and the cat were struggling to keep each other warm and dry. More testament to our fine equipment buying skills – the Cozy Cabin heater worked wonderfully.
Though the rain has passed over for now, we are getting daily doses of heavy fog – once again, in best New England fashion.
Just in case you’re wondering, this is all up-sides.
The star of these photos is the wooden schooner that showed up this week. It’s from Port Townsend, owned by Anacortes natives, and being suckers for schooners, you’re bound to see lots of shots of it throughout the summer. It’s also our nearest neighbor and does lovely things for the view.
Leaving you now, we present a Reflections shot of our new neighbor.