The whole crew is headed to Green Cove Springs to put Sandflea back in the water and restep the mast. This is the last “boat work” trip. Next will be the final trip down with a small uhaul truck full of dinghy, gear, food, and all other necessities for the next adventure.
Wishing my best girl a very happy birthday today! Cutest 8 year old around. -Tambi #sailboatstory #birthdaygirl #8yearsold #birthdaysprinklepancakes
We had a wonderful couple days hanging out with our new friends Steve and Jessica and their sweet daughter Addi. When sailing families meet it’s like we have found our long lost family. We really enjoyed spending time with them and hearing their story. -Tambi #sailboatstory #friendstofamily #boatkids
The mast is down and the Sandflea is on the hard for hurricane season. Feels good to have her all taken care of! #sailboatstory #onthehard #mastless #weird
Rigging Project: FAILED ...or at least altered. The goal for this trip to the boat was to replace the cap shrouds. However, once I loosened the existing cap shrouds, the mast was very wiggly - even with temporary stays supporting the mast. I simply didn’t feel safe to climb it, especially since there was a bit more wind and chop than I was hoping for. If the mast was keel-stepped, I probably would have pressed on, but the idea of being at the top of a flexing 42ft pole that is literally balancing atop a rolling boat with 25% of its supporting wires detached, sounded slightly outside of my risk tolerance. Now the plan is to completely unstep the mast when we haul the boat out for hurricane season. It’s a more costly option, but one that felt necessary in this case. The good news, is that I can handle a few other mast related projects with ease with everything at ground level. Plus, it will greatly simplify the replacement for the forestay, which is hidden within the furler. By the way, we’re on a waiting list for the next available haulout. Seems that there’s a jack stand shortage at the moment. Anyways - I just wanted to relay the update. I’ve spent most of the day being very frustrated that I didn’t meet my goal for this trip, but I do feel like the alternate plan will ultimately be the safer and most effective choice overall. Ben out. #sailboatstory
We are so happy to be back on the Sandflea if only for a few days. Part two of three working on the standing rigging. Wish Ben luck as he goes up the mast. #sailboatstory
We got an awesome treat in the mail today! Thank you Lynn! We are so appreciative!
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