Laundry day for Temptress was yesterday. Today we made a determined effort to cross off some of the jobs on our boat list which is surprisingly short at present with only twenty or so entries. Kevin washed around all the hatches, the inside surrounds were a bit black with that mould that grows on dust gathering in the nooks and crannies. Keeping the porthole seals clean means they form a more watertight closure at sea (no leaks) so is a regular task. Meanwhile on the foredeck I stitched in place the replacement protective leather cover on the pulpit. I'd cut it out yesterday. Afterwards shut inside whilst Kevin hosed down the decks I sent a couple of emails either requesting info on future ports or sharing with fellow cruisers info we'd been given on anchoring in the Canaries.
We've been quite constructive during our time in Rabat. Kevin's planks purchased from a Salé wood merchant, have now been turned into diesel can holders though we've yet to find reasonable quality cans. The plan is for three cans of fuel to be tied on to the planks on each deck - six times twenty litres in all means a further thirty hours of motoring. All part of our transatlantic preparation as our route to Brazil will almost certainly take us into the ITZ more commonly known as the Doldrums. There may also be space for two cans of water as an emergency supply. A third plank is to become two fender boards for when we have to raft up against fishing boats or lay against a rough quayside; by putting a board between the fenders and the object it helps protect both them and the boat from damage. For the landlubber fenders are large inflated plastic sausages that cost a fortune each but tied along the guard wires prevent direct contact between the boat hull and whatever we are alongside so save a lot in labour intensive hull polishing and maintenance. There is at least one port in Morocco further down the coast that will require them if we call in as Temptress will be moored with the fishing boats.
|Port side diesel can support|
|Spare plank - to become two fender boards|
|Galley sinks are now one big work surface|