We move about the world at an irregular pace. Occasionally we sail fast and appear to be on track to girdle the entire globe in a year. Other times we seem stagnant, as if we have arrived to our destination and our journey is over. Of course neither is true for long. No matter how fast we sail, we will slow down sooner than later. Dawn Treader, Debbie, and I can only pretend so long before we reveal our true slow natures. But when we seem most stuck, we are actually purposefully moving to rest ourselves, prepare our boat, and wait for a season to arrive.
Time for us here in Uruguay, on the surface, looks to have stopped. But a closer examination reveals two sailing souls getting ready for what voyage might lie ahead. We tackle jobs one at a time with our minds bent to faraway lands, all the while enjoying the slow and tranquilo Uruguayan life.
Last week we had the time to refinish Dawn Treader’s 55 year old Bowsprit. We removed all the old varnish and painted the wood with 2 part marine paint. This paint is far more durable than varnish and will save us much labor in the future. We took the opportunity to fortify the sprit by gluing a strip of plywood over an area where the wood was beginning to separate at the grain and laminate.
It feels great to have completed this job as we were not certain of the condition of the wood before we uncovered it completely. Now, when the time comes, we can sail confidently knowing the bowsprit is sound. Just a little more resting, preparing, and waiting, just a little more and we’ll be off.