Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.
Before the mast can be put up on the boat it needs some attention. The first trick was to move it into the shed. The winter weather is here in force – meaning rain, more rain, more rain, interspersed with rain. And then some snow. Needless to say working outside in the rain is a bit of an adrenaline producing activity – and I’m too old for adrenaline. So I had to move the stick inside.
And that is no easy feat for a grumpy old fart such as myself. I managed by getting a bit of ‘armstrong’ help from a buddy and utilizing an seldom used skiff on a hand cart. Worked well. Got the stick in the shed.
Now for the next part – stripping the hardware off and cleaning it up, then the inevitable sanding, sanding, sanding. Rock `n Roll good times. You see, once this particular party is over I’ll have a shiny new looking stick to plop up on the deck. I’m looking forward to that. There is something very satisfying about taking something neglected and shabby looking and making it look gooooood.
As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.