Quixotic Update – The Heavy Lifting Begins!

The past few days have been busy. The Mermaid and I spent a backbreaking day pressure washing the rest of the mud out of the port hull and engine compartment. We removed the saildrive, changed the oil and treated some surface rust. We disconnected the forestay and ran some more lines to support the rig. Then Sunday afternoon we called it a day and I finally got on the motorcycle for an awesome ride up the coast. This island is so beautiful!

Although we worked our asses off this weekend, our efforts paled in comparison to the progress made the past two days with the addition of five hard-working local Fijians to team Quixotic. In one day we had the crossbeam removed, a wood shelter built, and the entire boat jacked up and level on wood blocks. Today we started cutting away and grinding the broken glass. I ordered the quadraxial fiberglass cloth that the boat builder in South Africa recommended we use; a 100 lb roll is coming directly from the manufacturer in Australia and should be here by Friday. 

Have to get to the ‘yard’ so I can open the shed for the guys to get their tools. I’ll write another update in a few days. Here are some pics of the progress…

Cheers!

Step 1 - pressure wash mud out of closets!!

Step 1 – pressure wash mud out of closets!!

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Jacking up the cat – Fiji Style!

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It can't be ALL work and NO play. Sunday bike ride!

It can’t be ALL work and NO play. Sunday bike ride!

Shelter built

Shelter built

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Not enough clearance? No problem mon! We dig holes under keels!

Not enough clearance? No problem mon! We dig holes under keels!

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Sweet ladder they built in like 3 minutes flat....seriously

Sweet ladder they built in like 3 minutes flat….seriously

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Alsace Miller – the local boat builder and our project manager

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We're not sure if they are doing it right but they sure made some big holes!

We’re not 100% sure if they are doing it right but they sure made some big holes!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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