Considering a sailing adventure to Mexico? Just look at how engrossed that guy is in the book! Grab a copy of the Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico, and you too can find yourself sitting on a Mexican dock with an oversized (but very attractive) hat.

Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico

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Sunday
Jun242012

well holy crap the bowsprit is almost done

Let me apologize to my "real" craftsman friends (Ryan in New Zealand, Gray in San Diego, Stan in Maine) for not doing as good of a job as I could and should have done, but it was my first time really painting something on the boat that mattered and you guys know I'm really learning a lot of this as I go. For my non maritime friends, note that the paddleboard on the side there is ten feet long so that can give you some prospective as to exactly how big this piece of timber is.

The picture above is halfway finished. I've since completely stripped the boards and Cetol'd them (aghast! cry my craftsman friends), and I put another coat of Interlux Perfection on the bowsprit itself. It's not gorgeous but it's protected from the elements and the paint is pretty hardcore stuff that should hold up a while.

I'm having the stem fitting remade with 316 stainless (off the existing pattern) by Benchmark Welding here in San Diego for the bargain basement price of six hundred dollars. It keeps the bowsprit from breaking lose and is what the inner forestay (staysail) secures to, so it's pretty frigin important. I'll actually be swapping out all of the chain plates before we leave but since this one was off and it's not something I'd feel comfortable fabricating myself it was a great time to do it.

I know there are a thousand things to do before we leave but if the rig is intact I figure we should be able to make do with just about anything else. Keep the water on the outside, the people on the inside, and the stick in the air. Everything else you can create a workaround for.

Reader Comments (2)

Words to live by! "Keep the water on the outside, the people on the inside, and the stick in the air. " Love it!

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

And, "the pointy end goes first". Looking forward to seeing pictures of the completed boat. Also looking forward to seeing you when we come. I am buying new deck shoes for the occasion.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrockymorrisette

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