The Captain Fairy came to the boat recently and installed a depth finder... a Garmin P79 Transducer, which is fancy because it shoots a signal thru the hull instead of being mounted into the hull (meaning a hole thru your boat). I was toiling away working for the man so I missed the install, but the Captain Fairy said it was pretty easy. To mount the device, you caulk a ring around the base and then fill the base with antifreeze to keep air out. Otherwise the transducer would shoot thru air bubbles and give false reads. After that you put the transducer in and cap it off. Alas, depth finder installed.
After it was mounted to the hull, it needed to be connected to the electronics system in the cockpit. Captain Fairy used the old depth finder cable as a lead to pull the new cable thru the boat's guts. Then he fished it up the stanchions and connected it to the chart plotter. At long last we discovered the boat's slip is about 19 feet deep. Knowledge.
Now we'll know how much scope to put out and how deep our mooring spots are and if there are any fish down there and just how deep is the abyss we sail over out there. Dammit, why does knowledge always come with a tinge of fear? Cue the fear-busting mantra: Boats are made to float... If container ships can do it, we can.... What a glorious way to go....
Kenutu has a lot going on. She's got a cute little upturned nose. She's got a hefty behind. She's cozy and comfortable. But her sail is stretched out and tired. Just look at this droopy, shot pair of underwear.
The thing about boat repairs is that as you do them, the old stuff looks worse. In this case, once the bimini and dodger were done, the sail, in its tweed blue sail cover, looked like an appendage we found in a junk yard and glued on a luxury liner. We called Quantum Sails to see about a getting a new main with an appropriately matching sail pack. Jay came out to the boat to measure some things and tell us about all the sailing he did in hurricanes and races. Mack fell in love while I puked over and over in my head.
At the end of the day we ordered a new sail and sail pack for about 5 boat units. It's too painful to say it in dollars so we agreed to speak of things in boat units for our health.
It took about 8 weeks from measuring to making, but when Jay and his team showed up to install the new sail, with four full battens and two reefs, Mack practically danced.
Pretty sure this makes Kenutu Victoria's Secret Angel caliber now.
Two people dumb enough to think anything is possible and smart enough to bumble their way into discoveries.