End of 1st week of February, and I need to get organized. I’m thinking about projects that, if not accomplished soon, will keep me off the water longer. So here they are, prioritized according to urgency.
Build New Headstay – Pretty easily done, especially since I’ve decided to eliminate roller furling. Need Sta-Loc fittings ordered to size, 35 feet of 1/4 rigging wire, and I’ll replace all the clevis pins this time, as well as all the split pins at the masthead.
Inspect starboard cap shroud tang for cracks – this may just be a scratch from a previous removal and servicing. Can’t tell until I get it off of the spar and take a good look at it.
Replace cap shroud chain plates – May as well. There is some pitting on them where they pass through the deck and through soggy core. Won’t recore side decks yet, but that is a project on the long-term list.
Acquire new/used headsail – I looked into converting my roller-furling headsail back to hank-on, but the loft said that’s throwing money away. The sail is 33 years old, after all, and the luff is pretty much shot. My shopping and research indicates that I’ll spend under $400 for the sail.
Replace anchor lamp with LED – This is the time to do so, before the current lamp burns out.
Wire cage for steaming/deck lamp – Keep from knocking off the deck lamp/bulb again with a slapping halyard.
Touch-up bottom paint – a few chips here and there, plus a re-coat of the water line and leading edges should do it.
Repaint sheer stripe – I’ve been watching it year after year as it fades and cracks. When I hauled out in December, a casual spray from the power washer knocked some paint chips off, so it really is time to do this.
Service Fuel Delivery System – In addition to annual replacement of filters, I’m going to renew all the fuel hoses and squeeze bulb for priming. They are starting to show cracking and age.
And on top of all this, I would like to refit my dinghy in my “spare” time this spring. Hmmm. . . We’ll see how much of this gets done and how fast.