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Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17, 2009-Five Weeks of Boat Work

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Big Tent Over Wings

Inside this cocoon the metamorphosis is occurring; soon a butterfly will emerge.

It's now been five weeks since we arrived at the Royal Phuket Marina boat yard and the work still continues. It was supposed to be three weeks. The rain has accounted for part of the delay, but mostly the long duration of this project has been due to the perfectionist tendency of Oot, the man we hired to paint the boat. Oot and his men have been sanding and fairing for a month. This doesn't surprise us (we actually allowed for eight weeks) or disappoint us; we're getting a good job out of it.

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Latest primer colors

So we don't mind, really, go for it guys!

Well, it might mean a delay in getting out of Thailand and on to Malaysia, our next port of call. The problem is that we can only leave Boat Lagoon, which shares the entrance channel with Royal Phuket, at certain tidal states and this delay means we will probably miss the last window for the month of October, maybe even the first two weeks of November.

But we're retired and we are just chillin' for the moment; and getting some other projects completed while we wait.

Right now the plan is for the new dark blue Awlgrip topcoat to be applied on Sunday, October 18. With all this prep we are anticipating a very smooth finish; we'll let you know in the next update.

Meanwhile we've taken some time to see some of the other sights of Phuket; here is a rubber plantation. Click here for more photos.


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Rubber Plantation

Click here to see the Marinas at Boat Lagooon and Royal Phuket, including the apartment at Boat Lagoon where we are living.

Click here to see the big boat yards on Phuket.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Phuket

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