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Getting Mrs Opela ready to sail again

Hi All

I have been back two weeks now and working towards getting mrs Opela back in order again because when I got back the fact that i had left her alone for such a long time made her decide to take revenge
Bev on Dandelion had been looking after her for me by airing her out once a week and checking the bilges as well and running the engine once or twice for me and for that I am truly thankful but my lady is a very jealous lady and she wasnt happy to be left standing so when I got on board I was expecting to find mould and black algae and a host of other things lurking in corners not often looked at.

My first big one was that the new stay wires i had had installed in Le Marin in Martinique a year and a half ago were worn such that one fell on the deck because the hook swaged to the end simply snapped and on further inspection i found the others were all cracked as well which means I cannot sail her.
I phoned the suppliers and they were struggling to remember my boat but soon remembered after i told them it was the first job after hurricane Irma and I had sailed in with a broken forestay and they had recommended my changing all the rigging. So now they have said they will replace it all but are very slow in responding and its taken a week and some just to get them to acknowledge they gave me a guarantee. I really hope they keep the promise they made to me to come with a solution (they said last week but its island time )
I have a feeling they dont really care
If I dont get any answers its going to be ver costly

THen there was mrs Opelas beard which was al long as my hair after six months growing I have started cleaning there but i think i will take time on that one
Mould and the rest I am cleaning a little each day and all the wires that were rusted or coroded are being replaced or soldered so now the winch is working again after all the wires there had corroded off
My voltage indicators have both given upthe ghost so now I use a multimeter to measure volts when required I have wired one up to be able to measure as I wish

Other News is i have not heard i am positive on the test done after arrival so i can only assume i am negative and feel free to move around at will

I have heard from many of you and it sounds like everyone is coping with varying degrees of marshal Law over corona virus

Wishing you all well


  1. Howzit Kevin, we can at least start buying booze again tomorrow and travel inter provincial so things are looking up, just need to get the economy restarted, cheers Dave & Liezel


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