If You Wanna Rock& Roll ! Aussie rock band AC/DC spoke the truth back in 1975 with their hit song ( view it here ). Right now Ley and I feel we're close to the top after a very long climb - Crystal Blues is progressing rapidly.
In the past three weeks the life lines and deck fittings have been finalised and we've completed all the work in the forward hold (its a palace !). David Samuelson, the rigger from East Marine, has built a new 12mm forestay and twin backstay setup for us. The Cummins diesel fired up at the first touch (thank heavens). Last Saturday the tent and frame were removed from the hull - for the first time in twelve months we had to remember to shut hatches and worry about the rain. The new rigid bimini was also installed last Saturday, and the tent was removed from the mast.
Later that same day, one of the Phuket Boat Lagoon travel lift machines ( they have four ) lifted us up so that the rudder could be installed. Its now in the right hole, but we can't quite get it in far enough to attach the shoe.....nothing that a hydraulic jack wont fix. Thats a job for tomorrow.
Sunday was a significant day for us - we started putting things back on to the boat, instead of taking them off ! The storage shed is now starting to look empty - lines, life jackets and water toys are all cleaned and back on board. The bitter end of the chain is attached to the samson post and we'll wind the chain and anchor on board just as soon as the rigging is completed.
The mast is rigged and ready for installation, which will be at 8.00am tomorrow if the crane arrives on time. After that we can focus on the internals, which are some way behind. Our friend Khun Nhoon has completed re-finishing of all the cupboard doors and frames, and he's spray painted the bathroom. His man Khun Jack is busy sanding and priming in the galley, which should get its final top coats this week. Then our favourite carpenter and friend Yat will come back in and finish the new Corian bench tops.
Launch date is set for December 4th, when we'll rapidly move around to Royal Phuket Marina to complete the commissioning and internal works. Our aim is to get out of the marina and spend Christmas / New Year at Nai Harn Bay, then head for the Andaman Islands early in January.
Right now we have very little time for socialising - haven't had a proper day off in 4 months - more on that in our next entry. It will all be worth it when she hits the water next week. Its rock & roll time ...