…. on my beautiful, my beautiful balooooon! (whoops… showing my age again)
No, you silly sods. I’ve not “sailed” away. Still stuck in the yard. Pretty much just cleaning and ready to launch. I was going to this week but the winds where going to pipe up to something ridiculous so I left it for next week. But Zoot Allures has a new coat of antifoul paint and is looking good.
Last Saturday when I went down, the crane had shown up for the launch of my retired old neighbors. So I joined in the fun. After the launch we started getting their sails on. The jib halyard was old and chafed, their replacement was to big to pass threw the top shackle so someone had to go up and take care of business. Guess who…..
Well, after trying to pass the a tight fit halyard for about 15 minutes it was decided they had to go buy a new one. So I just stayed up there and enjoyed the view for about a half an hour! And low and behold I became a tourist attraction with people walking by taking pictures. Good grief! As if they’ve never seen someone up a mast doing…nothing!
Anyhoooo…… all’s well that ends well. After the boat was all set up, Mr Andreas and brother Michalis made Kostas and I some steaks and stuff and we went through a liter and a half of wine they had aboard. Then Kostas brought over an other jug of wine he had next door on s/v Kaisi and….. long story short, it’s a wonder how old Michalis didn’t fall overboard while doing the dishes! It’s a nice feeling helping out those old dudes. Ol’ Andreas was so touched he cried 3 times!
ps…. If I don’t launch next week…… I’ll……. well, you know.