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Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012-Rainy Day In Trinidad

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It’s pouring down rain and I’m supposed to be outside painting the deck.

No such luck.

And because the dodger is off (preparations to paint, of course) and because our old awning has leaks, water is dripping in the hatch.

I could stop the dripping water if I turned off the air conditioner and completely closed the hatch, but a little water is better than no air cond.

So I wait.

We started the painting project a week ago and this is the first serious rain we’ve had. We’re nearly finished and we’re pretty happy; the deck is mostly done, two coats, non-skid which came out OK, the cockpits, fore and aft, are all finished, I've been taking the masking off, and it looks pretty good.

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Painting Project.

The new color “Winter Frost” (plain white, more or less) is bright. It might be a little tough on the eyes on a sunny day but it is cooler; much cooler. On a hot day you can walk on it. Inside the boat there is less heat radiating from the overhead. The white paint just reflects most of the heat. This will be better.

Now if I can just complete the one small remaining area we can put away the paint pots and masking tape.

Last week, when we had days of blue skies and hot sun, we watched the Black Vultures and Frigate Birds riding thermals high into the sky and soaring for hours. On the morning of our first arrival in Trinidad we were amazed to see dozens of these birds climbing skyward on the updrafts. We thought it was a one-time only event. Since then we have watched them nearly every day.

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Soaring Black Vulture.

I am not sure why they do it, but it looks like fun.

Another project we completed this week is new upholstery. It took a while to find a fabric we liked but the old stuff was getting thin, too thin to even patch anymore, and that added urgency to the task. We finally found some we liked and a local guy named Carlos completed the job. It still needs a little adjustment here and there, but mostly we like it. One bonus is that the bed is flat and firm again which helps our backs.

So life goes on in Trinidad: we do boat projects, we go swimming in the morning, there’s bird watching, and we plan our next cruise. We’ve got a little over a month left in Trinidad and we have one more big project, new canvas, which will be a week or so of sewing Sunbrella, then, in early November, we’ll set sail, bound for another port, to start it all over again.

We can hardly wait.

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Daily Swim.

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Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Trinidad

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