I get increasing numbers of hits about what I have written about boats, sailing and practical tips. We all seem to be raring to go, but we still have at least two months of winter with perishing cold or foul weather.
Perhaps we approach a time for getting out of our own hibernation towards the time for doing maintenance work on boats and spring cleaning in the house. My next project on the boat, apart from some repairs, is making two fixed watertight lockers either side of the centreboard to put my galley and food supplies. I already have a fore compartment for tools and camping equipment – and my safety equipment goes in the lazarette (stern locker). I look forward to the Semaine du Golfe in May – we are already 866 boats registered and it is in four months from now!
It is a frustrating time of year, because it isn’t yet the time to take off the wintering tarpaulin and begin to check everything thoroughly. I suppose I could begin on things like the rudder, mast, gaff and boom. I did my sail repairs at the end of last season (my mainsails are still in the chapel from when they were folded). The first launch of the new season is so far away, but tantalisingly close…
Patience, my dear sailors reading this blog.