|Gary seeking shade while installing the heating system|
- Replaced 8 lights
- Oil change/engine inspection (so far so good)
- Installed the hydronic heating system – this was a biggy and took us DAYS!!!!!!! As of about 2 minutes ago we have both heat and hot water. Woohoo! Now we just need to remove all the gear from storage in the shower area…
- Removed several litres of water from our diesel. Not sure how it got there, but we now know that our Baja filter that we use whenever we add diesel to the tank actually works.
- Polished the diesel.
- Installed a new shut off valve in the diesel system.
- Fixed the furler, which apparently cracked some time last year.
- Made correct sized poles for the stack pack (sail bag on the boom). Made adjustments to stack pack to ensure poles can’t come out.
|Keeping the new oar locks in place while the glue dries|
- Made new genoa sheet lines (we chaffed through our big line last year). Funnily enough, we found a sheet of exactly the same diameter on our boat when we got back from Christmas. One of the other Cruisers found it in the water and assumed it was ours. As no one claimed it, we decided to keep it. After much soaking in fresh water and fabric softener, it is almost as good as new and will work perfectly!
- Put the genoa up – WE ARE A SAILBOAT AGAIN!
There are still many things to do, but we are getting there. The weather is good (sunny and windy – sometimes warm, sometimes cold), the company is great (still a few Cruising boats here) and we love Valdivia, so it hasn’t been a hardship being here.
|Notice paper towel stuffed in the hole at the back|
We worked up an appetite walking around the fort and so felt justified in eating an enormous crepe filled with ice cream, bananas and Nutella. Then we had a bowl of fries for dessert. Yum. Feeling slightly guilty after all that fat we walked through town and down along the lovely black sand beach that runs almost all the way up the coast. Despite the sun, the wind was cold, so I was happy to have a sweater. Even Gary agreed that the water was FREEZING. No swimming here!
|Some of the locals - Black necked swans|
We are heading up to Santiago later today to meet up with our friend Dina who is there for work. We plan to take advantage of the fact she speaks perfect Spanish and visit Valparaiso and do a bit of sightseeing in the city. We are looking forward to it.