Monthly Archives: February 2018

Gadwall

I have to spend the day at the university. There are matters unsettled that I have to contribute to. Yay, the lake in front of the university has attracted duck that I have never seen before in Okinawa. I love … Continue reading

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The Battle of the River Plate

The boat has a big slab of steel called the rudder plate. This can be lowered to give the rudder more depth, thus more purchase. It also acts as a mini center plate. At times, too complex to go into … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom

Beautiful day at the end of cherry blossom time. Okinawan cherry trees are a different variety from the classic cherry trees of Tokyo.   The Okinawan trees are named Kawazuzakura and the first to bloom in Japan, exploding in late … Continue reading

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Trivia

Frankly most of the work I have been doing has been cosmetic – cleaning, sanding, treating, painting, varnishing. The big boy things, for example, the skegg and the engine have been handled by people who know what they are doing. … Continue reading

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8 Harley Davidsons

I rush down to the boatyard to listen to the diagnosis from Dr Kiyuna on my sick little engine. A few minutes later Dr Kiyuna makes a dramatic entrance stage left on his Harley. He is more than reassuring. He … Continue reading

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Swallows and Amazons

Another day full of surprises down at the boatyard. You will recall that my engine was extracted at lightning speed by China san. The next dilemma is: are this engine’s thunka thunka days definitively over or can she be rebuilt?  … Continue reading

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Engine

It is the most miserable day of the year. North wind driving in, squalls of rain, I mean the temperature is 11 degrees. This is as bad as Okinawa can get. Notwithstanding, I go down to the boatyard. The engine … Continue reading

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