Sometimes I wonder if we had just saved all of our dimes and nickels for all this time, we probably could have a bought a working version of Akupara by now. But then again, we would have an unknown boat with all kinds of yet to be discovered issues. At least with Akupara we will be 100% intimate with every nut bolt screw wire fixture fitting piece of wood rope material and know for sure that if and when there is an issue exactly how to fix it.
There has not been a lot happening with Akupara as of late for a couple of reasons. As my last post mentioned, the Admiral and I were in Cuba and we had left on a Thursday so we lost a weekend. We returned the following Friday and I spent the weekend completing homework from the Java course that I am taking for work so we never made it down to Akupara either. And this weekend, I have the mid term assignment due Sunday at midnight, so I doubt if I will have time to work on her either.
It is frustrating on the one hand to have Akupara sitting there waiting to be worked on and to not have the time to do anything but I guess it can be a fact of life. Work has been super busy and with school, family, dogs and everything else, there simply are not enough hours in the week. Between work and school alone I have been averaging 14 hour days and it is bloody tiring. 5 more weeks to go and I will be complete this class, and I will have a break until September once it is complete.
I did manage to contact one of BC’s most well respected riggers, Steve White from Steve White Rigging and obtain a ballpark quote to replace all of the standing rigging on Akupara. It came in at a little over $5000. Not too bad. Expensive of course but not that bad, and this includes all new turnbuckles! All of Akupara’s rigging is rust stained and questionable so when we purchased her, we knew we would be replacing all of it! Steve will be dropping by Akupara to have a close look at her masts and at some point I will connect with him to give him all of the old rigging for measurements.
If there is one thing I do not need to experience, it is having a rigging failure and losing a mast due to not fixing it when we have the chance.
Well, I guess I better get back to the homework…I almost miss the sound of the sander. Wait, did I actually say that?