There were other tasks to fill the time. Pat and his good friend, fellow sailor and boat mechanic, TR, replaced the engine kill cable and control arm with one that doesn't gouge out parts of one's leg when moving about in the cockpit. Also repaired-the engine shift and throttle control, which potentially decreases the number of heart-stopping moments when the shifter comes off in one's hand at really inopportune times.
Pat went up the foremast to disconnect the roller furling system after it seized up. That will be a work in progress for this week.; the jib will go up manually for the time being. There will be some deck paint touch up this week and, with any weather cooperation, some sailing.
We had a very cool experience last week, when the George Musson bridge tender that we see on Sundays met us at our dock, just to see Ondine up close and to say hello in person. Cheers to Lee for her cheerful official interaction at the bridge. One of the reasons to choose New Smyrna Beach as home has roots in the small town connectivity in both official and non-official daily activities.
We miss Brendan; he's off in the Gulf, working on a different kind of boat, but with the same summer heat and humidity issues. Well, not exactly the same; his boat has A/C and a shower on board. By the time he returns in October the weather should be changing to a more favorable pattern, depending on the hurricane season.