Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 15-20, 2015 USCG captain's license test, Savannah, GA

Dave checked out our genoa sail that has been to Mack Sails twice.  We asked them to move the spreader patch lower on the sail.  The spreader patch protects the sail where it may rub against the spreader arms for the side stays that support the mast.  The patch was completely above our spreader arms.  So Dave called Mack Sails to see what they had to say about it.  The man in charge said that instead of lowering it, he just made it larger.  Well the top of the patch needs to start at the bottom of the existing patch.  They said we could send it back, but Dave didn’t feel good about sending back the sail a second time.  Plus it keeps us from going anywhere for another 2-3 weeks.  So he just asked him what we could do ourselves at this point.  He recommended a UV protected dacron that can be sewn on.   So Dave thinks he will just sew it on by hand.  He thinks he would just unfurl the sail and sit on the deck to sew it.  So I guess it can be done anywhere.  He’ll order the material now so it can be shipped here.  When you are on the move, you don’t have a shipping address.  So that’s another reason to stay in one place and get projects done. 

We also asked about the patch going to the end of the protective covering.  When the genoa is rolled up on the roller furler, only the protective sun protection cover is exposed.  Ours has the white spreader patch showing.  Their explanation was that the spreader patch will wear out faster than the covering.  So it can be replaced without involving the cover.  It makes sense, but we have never seen it that way on any other boat.  Just makes you curious. 
The green is the "sacrificial" covering. Only a small portion is exposed to the sun on the main sail, but the full edge of the jib sail is covered for protection from the sun.

 The white section was supposed to line up with the spreader arm to protect it from chafing.  But we've never seen it brought all the way to the edge where it shows when it is rolled up.

Our heat exchanger was finished, so another boater gave Dave a ride to the radiator shop to pick it up.  He spent the day cleaning the engine and putting everything back together.  It was great to hear the engine running when I returned to the boat!!

I played cribbage with some friends in the afternoon.   Then I made a popcorn salad for the 3rd Wednesday pot luck happy hour.  It is similar to a pasta salad, but uses popcorn.  Something different for a pot luck.

Dave spent the day studying at the local library for his Captain’s license test on Saturday.  I did yoga and laundry.  Then I made a scalloped corn casserole for another pot luck.  This was dock 8’s “pitch in” that was a going away party for a couple boats on their dock.  
Sherri/dock master, Paul and Debra/sailing away party
Dave spent the day studying in the boat and in the yacht club.  There were several ladies in the yacht club working on recovering some cushions for one of the ladies.  Dave was working on a navigation test in the yacht club because he could lay out the chart on a large table.  A few of the ladies came over to ask him what he was doing.  He explained that he was taking a test as review for his captain’s license test tomorrow.  So they said they wouldn’t bother him.  Then a couple times, one came over to ask him to look up something on the internet.  The second time, Ricardo gently guided her away from Dave. 
Sailors working on recovering cushions.  They have the thread hanging from the ceiling to keep it from curling.
We drove to Savannah about 5:00 and went to our friend Amy’s house for the night.  We brought Ricardo with us.  She had cooked a wonderful Chinese meal for us.  Dave spent the rest of the night reviewing for his test while we watched a movie.  I love sitting on a big recliner/couch since we don’t have that on the boat.

prep for Chinese dinner

I thought the teeth were interesting. 
sauteed with onion and garlic and sauce

Dave left early for his test and we had a lazy morning at Amy’s.  Dave finished around 10:30 and PASSED!!  He came back to Amy’s and the 4 of us drove into the old part of Savannah to enjoy the rest of the day.  We walked around Forsyth Park, then enjoyed coffee at a local coffee shop.  Amy’s 17 year old daughter, Sabrina, joined us.  We wanted to go out to eat.  I suggested the City Market area and Sabrina recommended her favorite pizza place.   So we enjoyed pizza outside with a couple pitchers of beer and people watched.  After eating, we walked through the city market area and over to the River front. 

On the way back to Amy’s, I asked Dave if he wanted to pick up more beer to celebrate passing his test.  Everyone was actually tired, so we decided not to.  But first, Amy commented “didn’t you have enough beer this afternoon?”  Dave said “you’ve never been beer drinking with Mary and her sisters, have you?”
congratulations Dave!!

Dave, Mary, Amy, Ricardo celebrating

Dave playing in the fountain
I went to church at St John the Baptist cathedral again.  It is a beautiful church.  I went to the 10:00 mass and they had a beautiful choir of about 40 people.  They had a concert the night before and sang some of the pieces from the concert. 

Dave and I headed back to Brunswick that afternoon.  Ricardo decided to come back with Amy later.  Since we had a rental car, we drove through the town of Darien on the way home.  We were told there was a good restaurant on the river.  We found Skipper’s Fish Camp and had some oysters and beer (reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song, Tin Cup Chalice.  “give me oysters and beer any day of the year, and I’ll be fine”.

When we got out of the car at the marina, a bunch of sailors on dock 8 stood up and clapped for Dave.  I had texted one of them, so they knew he had passed.

Skipper's Fish Camp in Darien, GA.  Their dozen is 15!

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