is nearly completed. it is to hold only 250 liters fuel, but that is better than 176, or 44 gallons. it is stainless so it is heavy, much needed in my tries to be a tad rolly with no fuel in tank boat…i will not be able to remove it myself as i was able to do with the nasty plastic one.
hopefully the pix of it under construction will post here..hahahahaha my tech literacy is minimal, at best.
has been a while since i posted last–has been a bout of infections inside and outside my aging body. is tiresome and tiring at best. so far i am still winning, but, damn.
bird is coming along–after tank we begin the relocation and or confinement of the electrics–panel has bus bars affixed to mizzenmast. hard to step the thing with all the grounds on there—oops… so we do that, then i repair little things and eat rice n beans so i can step the mast(s)–whether singly or both at same time– i am leaning towards singly with the other done after some much needed interior repairs, at time of restepping mizzen, which will turn into an aluminum tree mast.
i will save as much of my thai cedar mizzenmast wood, as that particular tree is unavailable here in mexico.
much of my woodwork will be done in huanacaxtle/perota/ipe, here–is inexpensive and resistent to bugs rot and beautiful. is a rival to teak, and the trees grow rapidly. the use is restricted and license must be had to work with it….doesnt seem to bother the carpinteros. the tree is the canopy tree of mexico, so it must be harvested properly so as not to destroy the ecosystems involved.
i am sooo looking forward to the day birdee will fly again.
managed to find 2 mor esails –one headsail and one mainsail from cabo rico 38. i figger the headsail is a good inner headsail for bird, and the main is 14 ft at the foot–excellent for the mizzen sail. thankyou, rhiannon V paul.
i also was presented with a red white and blue spinnaker. thankyou bruce!!! for this i will create a sock–prolly at the hands of guadalupe, the ullman sails rep in puerto vallarta– yes, there is an alternative to mikey!!! p v sails(mike) has proven his fail in repairs of my genoa, as he created an essential zipper in a location not needing repair.. oops. first time it caught some wind, about 6 kts, it blew out at the stitching he had placed along the green sacrificial. now i had taken to understanding that sacrificial does not mean sacrifice the sail– but the green sunbrella protector they made sure was well affixed to the sail itself. ok. nothing like a lot of overstitching to rip out a sail. i am not impressed.
i have received many other requests for alternative rebuilding and creation of new sails in banderas bay, and thankfully , we have a good alternative.
bubba is doing well..is a little bit old which makes me nervous–i am not ready to lose him, so he best be a long gened cat. he is only 12, but…. age is age.(dont i know that one!!!). he is such a goood boy and awesome guard and friend. he speaks to me when i call momma on fone–he doesnot understand that i am speaking to someone unseen. poor cat. he is also good at showing me what needs attention on this boat, and watches over momms and guards from intruders. have not met another quite like him, my perfect kitty. he has found excitement in watching a “younger lady” –a 2 yr old female kitty across dock. she is a sweetie and looks for bubba when she is out… seems bubba looks for her–but they never meet, as both are restricted to boats. safer that way.
this winter has been a lil foggy– socked in this am when i awoke, until 11 am. we are finally getting some sun on my fog panels and life rocks!
oh yeah i acquired some lighter weight panels for temp installation atop my screens i use to shade cockpit in winter— and yes!!! we on this charging thing!!!
just need to either acquire new wind gens or repair the ones i have– the chinese knockoff was killed by a combo of bad installation and hurricane patricia– the gasket meant to keep out water was mangled when the clown installed it (burn em up chuk) so that is gone… at least it was fairly inexpensive for experimental work. now for the real deals. i think 2 air X would suit me perfectly. i will NOT be installing one on my masthead. nope. btdt–is why i need a new mizzen mast. very poor choice of installation locations on a ketch with wood masts…
vd day coming up— hahahahaha have fun and red hearts to all.
PS!!! cat is not bubba, it is neighbor callie cat of windsong…. she meouws with brit accent.
David dodson said:
Hi solitary bird. Glad to hear that you the bird and the kitty are alive and well.
You give me hope. Moms been placed gingerly into sunnybrook veterans home here in Toronto and seems happy with her roommate, although every time I go see her and she remembers me , suggested “when can I go home with you”.
I lie to her and tell her as soon as she gets better, she can come home.
I’m selling her home , and when she’s gone to heaven will be looking to flying down to see you and the bird and the kitty and you too.
Unfortunately I was cleaning out her shed and found a box of guns my dad owned.
Called the police to turn them in and they said they had to charge her or me. I volunteered to plead guilty to possession of a prohibited weapons. Got parole till 2018.
I’m sure when mom dies I can fly direct to see my friend in 🇲🇽. Hang in there baby.
When I get there , shall we go west or east.
All my love ❤️ my dear friend.
david– dayummmmm i’d-a gone the gunshow option. wow. what a surprise for doing your duty.
you are welcome here anytime you want to be here. give me 24 hours advanced notice so i am not too surprised ha ha ha ha
hugs to you.
and you did not lie to your momma. she will leave there when she is better.
hugs and love ye like a brother
Love your blog and your stories. Great to hear about Bubba- praying he has a long life ahead. 12 years makes a wise cat… my cat has lived 16 years and sees many years in his future… though, he is one of those indoor types 😉 Good luck on your projects and stay healthy and happy.