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Maintenance and renewal

The dreadful weather notwithstanding, I sailed a lot this summer, and have the tan to prove it.  I've also had a number of maintenance challenges, all of which have worked out well:
Replacement of the throttle cable - a day and a half job that should have been 2 hours.  Lesson: take pictures before you take anything apart.Rebuilding blocks - the backstay blocks were in pretty bad shape.  They get knocked around on the deck a lot, and the varnish was way overdue for renewal.  I took them entirely apart, sheaves included, and refinished them and replaced the leathers.  The strops are wire-rope and in good shape, except that they needed to be slushed.The recipe for slush in Brion Toss's Rigger's Apprentice: 6 parts stockholm tar3 parts boiled linseed oil1 part spar varnish1 part japan drier (I used two parts, because the first batch didn't dry completely... I think the stuff I got was oldish)I did lifelines and shrouds as far as I could reach as well with the slush.After t…

Daylight through the house top

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Exorcising house top dry rot: step 1

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Tiller, stripped, bracket ready to prime and paint

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In the point Hudson marina by 13:00, snugged across the dock from Schooner Suva on the linear pier... Great spot!
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Cascade sunrise #ptwbf35

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Leaving Port Ludlow at dawn #ptwbf35

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3 hrs out of lake union, off Kingston, going on north

Ballard locks safely astern #ptwbf35

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Fremont bridge #ptwbf35

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On the way to #ptwbf35 at 09:22

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Preparing to leave with the first bridge opening

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It's all happening: #ptwbf35

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Dawn on the day of departure for the 35th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Three hundred wooden boats and the best weather of the summer  (low bar, that) will converge on the Point Hudson Marina for the West Coast's premier wooden boat show.
Better than Christmas!