Before we got to that, though, there was some playing to do. Remember I described this place as a "front-porch kind of town?" Well, it seems the town event planners think so too. They called it an "Ol' Front Porch Music Festival" -- local musicians of all genres set up on the front porches of the historic houses in town and gave free concerts. Historic homes walking tour with a soundtrack, and there was no way we were going to miss this novel concept.
|Country music on the porch of one local shop.|
|There's a group in town who get together to play the ukulele, purely for fun.|
|Bluegrass at the old hotel. The guy in the black shirt (2nd from left) is our carpenter Ken. Man of many talents -- and as I commented before, half the fun is seeing people in their alternate context.|
|Small-town America, children and puppies -- just as wholesome as it gets. And I don't mean that in a snarky way; this town really is just that sweet.|
The "Boom Times" in this post describe not thunderstorms, but the intense pace of work this week. Starting Monday morning, we had someone working on the boat 8-5. Ken final-fit, nailed, screwed and bunged the settee, and while he was at it, attached and bunged the fiddles on the table. We had taken them off to refinish them just before Dan got sick and higher priorities prevailed, then more-or-less forgot about them. Once we left Annapolis we no longer had the tools to reinstall them even if we had remembered. But fiddles are handy for keeping dishes from sliding off flat surfaces while in rough conditions, so we were glad to have them back. Then the relocated diesel heater was re-plumbed and after a few tense moments with Eric, Dan, and me all poring over the error codes listed in the user guide, primed and running. Finally, now that we had good engine access, we were ready to tackle the guts of the job, the thing that had brought us here in the first place, changing the engine mounts to reduce vibration. That job is being done by Tim, Ken's brother. Yeah, small town and all that, I find it cool. I think almost everyone who works in this yard has done at least something on our boat.
|Ken again, showing the insulated ducting he's using to route the cold air from our relocated a/c. There are other improvements too -- instead of gravity-draining the water that has condensed onto the coils into the bilge, there is now a clever device that uses the Venturi effect to suck the condensation water out of the pan and discharge it overboard.|
We think (hope?) next week the project will be finalized and we'll begin our trip south. The engine mounts were half-finished by Friday afternoon, they should be complete Monday. Then it's alignment, a regular engine service, some tweaks to the rudder, a few more details, a sea trial (or river trial, in this case) and we head south. Just in time, too -- the sticky steamy still air that has been sitting over the town is gone, replaced this week with perfect temps and lively winds from the north. Beautiful, but also reminders that in a month, those winds will feel chill and blustery instead of warm and lively.