I've painted it, and figured out a way to raise the mast just by myself and finally I got my camera out and took some pictures of it sitting at my brother's place to make a blog post about it.
First off, the mast is aluminum and 26 ft long, so it is quite difficult to raise unless you use a mechanical advantage. I made up a system using a yolk on a stick, a line and a trucker's hitch, which allows me to use the line like a 3 to 1 purchase after the mast is raised a little, and that pulls the mast upright.
I took it out sailing in the bay today and my mom snapped a few photos, here is one:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Can you see what's wrong with this picture? Its turned sideways!
Some aspects of the WEX have been difficult for me and it is nice to be out of the mix for a little while and free to do what I want. but I'm not actually free to do much because I'm in the airport waiting for a flight and then another and I am tired and want to sleep. Maybe I am free to take a nap, but instead I am writing. Read on, dear reader...
We've had a huge return of the crew; most of the guide team, most of the deck force, and nearly all the managers. Except the captain. And since in the years past, the captain had things done a certain way, everyone on this boat was used to it being done that way. This year it is done differently. We've got a new captain and we are all learning his ways, and I am not too much of a fan of those ways (probably because I'm not used to them). So there is a lot of tension onboard the boat while we all try to figure out how to manage. In fact, the break system is the perfect way for people to relax and let tension go, so I hope that when I return I will return to a happier boat.
The past week was really quite nice. We went through Glacier bay, and got a view of the fairweathers
Saturday, June 17, 2017
And a bunch of Harbor Seals on the ice.
Endicott had a lot more ice in it than I am used to. The glacier had retreated a lot since the year before, and there were huge chunks of ice floating around and signs of lots more to come. I fear for the longevity of the ice there.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
I got a nice shot of a skiff tour streaking along at speed...