Yesterday I spent time removing most of the fittings in the cockpit and masking up those I couldn’t. After looking at the area I decided not to paint all of it in one session as the area looks confined and I’m not as agile as I once was. In the end I decided to paint the more difficult areas first which meant the port side and the cabin bulkhead These areas were then cleaned before using the electric orbital sander and then hand sanding. Afterwards the area to be painted was thoroughly cleaned. I was just completing the last of the lower area on hands and knees when <twang> my lower back went <again>. For several seconds I was paralysed with pain before managing to crab my way back inside the boat and collapse into a chair allowing the pain to subside to a dull ache. It’s not the first time this has happened and I dare say it won’t be the last. It will take several days to recover and we won’t be moving as I have the cockpit pulled apart ready for painting. The weather for tomorrow (now today) was for heavy showers and I therefore decided to attempt to paint. I did manage to paint the sanded areas (mostly on my knees) and it hasn’t turned out too bad <if I say so myself>.
Afterwards a cold cleansing ale went a small way towards alleviating the pain and then Jan supplied the suffering crew member with homemade pizza for dinner. Later a hot shower further assisted. Not a great night’s sleep and this morning I refitted all the fittings. It’s partially completed in the above photo.
At least the boat is back to a condition where it can be moved! The starboard side and floor will have to wait until I feel better.
Yesterday evening Jan made bread dough and baked fresh bread for lunch today. Nothing like the crust off the end of a hot loaf of bread covered with a slice of butter <yum>. Wonder what happened to that heavy rain which was supposed to arrive during the night and stay all day. Perhaps it got lost!