Mony a Mickle Maks a Muckle

I have reached that glorious stage whereby, after months of washing, sanding, wood treatment, sanding, varnishing, sanding, undercoat, sanding, compound, sanding, painting, sanding, anti-slip paint; I can now start to put everything together.

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I replace the inspection hatch covers in the cockpit well. Please God make them watertight!

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I screw down the protection strips on the engine hatch. Thank God for electric my screwdriver. I have screwed in hundreds of screws so far.

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Nice new teak cleats.

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I apply my official  Japanese registration stickers. I am hopeless at this.

The weather is very windy, rainy and hot. I strip off the backing of a sticker and the wind blows it all over the place. I lunge at the side of the cabin with the sticker flapping. One, at least, goes agley. Of course, I should wait for a calm day to do this but I get too excited.

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Kiyuna san passes by and gives me a palm tree fan. I need it. Aregato. My shirt is soaked with rain rather from sweat. Makes a change.

Next, I screw on the thin wooden beading that draws out the beauty of of the gunwhale, if you see what I mean.

So, this is an interesting example of my advancing age. I place the beading and reach for the box, in which I have stored the screws. It is not there. I look around the vicinity, I look in the cockpit and cabin of the boat, I look in the car, I go to the toilet and drinks machine, which I had recently visited; the screw box has disappeared. I repeat all the above. Nothing.

This is so frustrating, after months of preparation I stumble. I am close to tears.

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I had put the electric screwdriver, God bless her, bag on top of the screw box

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Most of beading fitted. Notice jib sheet guide and cleat on the combing. She almost looks new.

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Very mickle – I attach the bullseyes that guide the roller reefing line to the cockpit. You may have noticed lots of little clasps that will hold down the cockpit cover, er, when I get one.

Just a short serious note: Governor Onaga died last week. I had the honor to meet him several times. A truly great man, who cared deeply for Okinawa.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/11/national/politics-diplomacy/70000-protest-u-s-base-plan-honor-late-okinawa-governor/#.W3FXMZMzYUE

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Rest in Peace, Onaga Sensei

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Mony a Mickle Maks a Muckle

  1. Alan says:

    Looks like the mighty vessel is nearing the end of the renovation process! Small items like fitting the engine will be a doddle after the registration stickers nightmare. Any chance it will be ready for November? Current travel offer from the New Scientist is for a sciencey trip to Japan which finishes off with five days on Okinawa and OIST. No good to me as I’ll be in India and I don’t really fancy robotics design lectures in Tokyo. Perhaps you could get in on the game and offer Round-the-Bay trips to the visitors to help offset the restoration costs? http://www.newscientist.com/travel/Japan

  2. That’s a good idea! I need the money.

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