Is this what they mean by "elbow room"?
There was just enough room to get the bow sprit hardware back on Spartina today. It did rain all day, as forecast, but the temperature was warm enough that I could open the garage door, angle the boat in the two car garage and get some work done.
Above is the diamond base pad eye for the forestay. You can see that I drilled out the old screw holes, tapped in mahogany dowels then predrilled into the mahogany to reset the #12 screws. I would have thought that the wood beneath the diamond pad and other hardware would be darker that the exposed douglas fir, but it was the other way around.
Most of the hardware is now back in place. The jib sheet fairleads, the mizzen sheet fairlead and the inverted hooks for the boom tent will go on next weekend. Mentioning the boom tent reminds me that I need to order some three inch wide polytarp tape to do a little patching on the tent.
I also sanded and painted the upper planks on both sides of Spartina. She looks about as nice or maybe a little nicer than the day she was launched six years ago.
I just received a "used" book of short stories, The Next New World by Bob Shacochis. His first book of short stories, Easy in the Islands, is one of my favorites (but I will admit that I struggle with his full length novel Swimming in the Volcano). This "used" book, a hardback, appears to be brand new. And now that I flip through the pages I see that it is an autographed copy dated May 7, 1993. Not bad for a buck. With stories titled "Let Femmes Creols: A Fairy Tale", "Squirrelly's Grouper" and "I Ate Her Heart" I think this will be a good read.