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As March dribbles to an unspectacular close, boat work still languishes. We’ve had one or two days this month that were reasonably weather-friendly for outdoor work. The rest of the month has been cold, snowy, rainy and windy.

I did manage to sort out the rigging measurements I needed to order mechanical connectors for my headstay, but have discovered that a phone call to the rigging shop is necessary to actually get the right parts. This is territory I’m unfamiliar with regarding sizes and thread count (gauge?). I have questions, like: “Is pin-hole diameter the same for clevis pins as it is for eye fittings?” Seems like a dumb question until you think about it for longer than you should. A conversation with the rigger/on-line rep will help me sort it out, along with other questions spawned in ignorance.

Fortunately, March wasn’t miserable and cold everywhere: we spent half the month in southern Spain.

We left this:

Representative photo only: We actually boarded the plane through the slush of an ice storm. It was miserable, cold, sloppy weather.

Representative photo only: We actually boarded the plane through the slush of an ice storm. It was miserable, cold, sloppy weather.

. . . and got off the plane in Rota, Spain in weather like this:

62 degrees and brilliant sun shining through a cloudless blue sky.  We soaked it up.

62 degrees and brilliant sun shining through a cloudless blue sky. We soaked it up.

One of the wonderful benefits I have for serving 28 years in the Navy is free travel on military aircraft. As long as they have open seats, my wife and I can ride along for no additional cost. We had a late-winter vacation – incredibly luxurious and inexpensive – in a sunny warm place in Europe. It was fantastic, and restored our attitudes and endurance to wait for spring.

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