February 2001 diary
February 2001The dinghi
project was making progress for a couple of days and is now
in a "dramatic pause".
two days of messing with the sticky resin I wish I had the money
for a new and ready dinghi.
I have a calculated materia prize of under
100$ for the dinghi. I hope I manage.
25th February 2001"hasta
manjana" To many open projects determine our daily boat live.
In Spain, business is as slow as in Turkey. "manjana" (Tomorrow)
is the slogan.
So I have removed the chain plates for the backstay and have new made.
When are they ready? manjana!
While I was waiting for this I removed the salt water pump of the
engine. When is the modification of the pump ready? Manjana!
The pump project is a learning process again. Actually I wanted to
align the engine to the prop shaft, but discovered that it was impossible
to do it without removing the water pump.
Than I discovered that removal of the pump is only possible if the
mounting bracket of the engine is removed. The designer of that engine
must have been asleep at this point. But the bracket is unreachable
because of the pump. There we are.
I spend 3 days figuring it out and oiled the screws with WD40. When
I had a solution I dissembled the pump partly, (like hoses and fittings)
and could reach the screw that hold the bracket on the engine. After
I removed them I unscrewed the bolts of the other 3 brackets and lifted
the engine with a car jack. Only than I was able to reach the screw
of the 4th engine bracket and removed the bracket and the pump all
The pump since it is removed, will be now modified, and I change the
Well and after being bored waiting for these parts to come back I
started to think about to build a small dinghy from fiber glass. Since
I started it I really regret this idea. What a messy work it is. I
used Michel's old dinghi as a positive mold and have now the shape
ready. More about this project soon.
13th of Februar 2001
15th of Februar
2001 Since a couple of days we hear the
rattling of an old sewing machine. Nina is sewing new cushions.
The fabric we had used for the now 2 years old cushions has
never been a very wise idea, so now Nina found the right thing.
At first she was very excited about the idea and started right
away with the hardest part sewing a cord into the fabric. But
the first cushion did not fit properly and she was very upset
about the result. Than she got some advise from fellow sailors
(Wego, Uschi and Len) and smiles now every day a cushion is
our Januar01 entry, we get tons of email from fellow sailors or friends
of Amberella's homepage. They cheer us on or give advise. We would like
to thank all who have send us their notes. Nina contributes with her
entry children on board
another page to the
subject and would like to discuss the matter with everyone who likes
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