I am going down to the boat today but not leaving the dock. Her decks are being refinished with non-skid and new Awlgrip will be sprayed on her cabin top over the next couple of weeks. So far, all has been sanded, faired, filled, masked, and a coat of primer shot on the surface.
This is probably one of the most costly jobs to do on a boat. I received three cost proposals, two of which were about $20,000. The third proposal was from a fellow who doesn't work with a boat yard. He has been written about in various sailing magazines for his work with Awlgrip, the paint that most people use on boats. I have seen his work on Le Pingouin which was the most recent winner of the round-the-world Velux race. His bid was a third of the boat yards. So with some sweat work from me, we are doing the boat together.
I do miss going out on the water and anchoring. But it is good to see the progress being made on the boat. It helps me to keep busy since the last week has been filled with a lot of issues with my wife's parents. Both of us have felt a bit weighted down with concern over how the parents are doing. I know that we take each day as it comes which is all that anyone can do.
A load of Ethiopian spices arrived yesterday in the mail. We are going to be making some traditional Ethiopian dishes including injera, the traditional bread.
My wife was in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. She spent two years there, teaching school in a small village. She loves the people and the food. But this will be our first experience at making injera and the various dishes. We'll experiment on ourselves and then have some people over to have a taste. The spices already make the kitchen smell wonderful.