Another active week

In addition to my late-afternoon paddling, prep-work continues in full swing here on Pesto.

Sent the sails to a sail-loft for preventive maintenance:

The sails came down again. All of them - much to my dismay. But for a noble reason - they went to the sail loft for preventive maintenance and reinforcements. Besides, i had a lot of helping hands this time :-)
The sails came down again. All of them – much to my dismay. But this time i had a lot of helping hands 🙂

 

Had a professional come inspect and add a few improvements to the standing rigging:

Gotta keep da' mast up!
Gotta keep da’ mast up!

 

Serviced the oil tanks’ filler caps:

Replacing the rubber seals to ensure only diesel gets into those tanks.
Replacing the rubber seals to ensure only diesel – and NOT sea water – gets into those tanks.

 

Sourced additional equipment and supplies … guess where:

Yes ... they are good even fro marine stuff!
Yes … they are good even for marine supplies!

 

Started work on the long-distance communications solution:

Trying to resuscitate the 12-yr old satellite phone ....
Trying to resuscitate the 12-yr old satellite phone ….
Testing Pesto's long-distance radio
Testing Pesto’s long-distance radio

 

And finished the brightwork at the cabin (without mutiny this time):

Seriously, look at the shine of that cabin !
Seriously, look at the shine of that cabin !

 

Also, this week we had our first visits! Ana is very close friends with Adriana, and her son – Noah – is supper buddy with ours – Paulo. They were on vacations in Portland, OR and came to Seattle for the day with her mom. Pesto was among the key attractions they picked for the visit. We were honored, and reciprocated by having them inaugurate our guestbook:

Welcome aboard, Ana, Noah and Elizabeth !
Welcome aboard, Ana, Noah and Elizabeth !
Noah checking the helmsman's position
Noah checking the helmsman’s position

 

Finally, on a previous post i mentioned that my neighbors were trying to fend the geese off their dock installing a fake dog on it. The geese start coming just before dusk, congregate on his dock for the night, and fly/swim away early in the morning, leaving behind poop and feathers for my neighbor to clean – hence his desperate attempt with the fake dog.

The artifact worked for a couple of nights, but little by little the geese realized it didn’t have any punch, and reclaimed the dock. And now the fake dog has been downgraded to Stuff inside my neighbors’ storage:

 

In the beginning, the fake dog put its best feet forward to eradicate the gees from the dock
In the beginning, the fake dog put its best feet forward to discourage the geese from the dock
But nature prevailed, and the inanimate creature walked away in to my neighbors' storage
But nature prevailed, and the inanimate creature walked away in to my neighbors’ storage

 

Well, i got the quacks back at sleep time. But my poor neighbor got the geese poop back on his dock in the morning …

4 Replies to “Another active week”

  1. Baaaaarba. Pelo jeito a aventura já começou. Quando você bem aqui pra SF? Avise com antecedência porque quero ver vocês. Se estiver afim de passar umas noites em terra, aqui a casa é sua. Continue postando por aí…

  2. Oi Ricardo, a ideia eh chegar em SFO mais ou menos no comeco de Setembro. Imagino que ficaremos umas duas semanas. Tambem queremos muito ver voces. Vamos ficar conectados por aqui ou pelo Facebook. Abs!

  3. Hola Alex, que gusto saber que todo va viento en popa, ja! Gran experiencia de vida para ti y tu familia, un viaje inolvidable. Te manid un abrazo y espero verte pronto.
    Gerardo

  4. Hola Gerardo! Igual, un gusto escuchar de ti. Si, estamos muy emocionados. Aun hoy hice un skype con Adri y los ninos, que estan sacando temas en SP, mientras yo sigo con los preparativos en el velero x aqui. Estamos ya ansiosos por empezar el viaje. Te mando un abrazo y seguimos en contacto!

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