We are down to final coats of paint, for now, and addressing a number of relatively small issues. These are difficult to show in photographs because the changes are so minimal in comparison to the entire project. A handy group of American Indians: Leo, Poochy, Harold, and Edward are helping us take care of these.
Our greatest challenge this time of year comes from a commercial blueberry field only a few hundred feet away from Fir. Blueberries attract birds. Birds eat blueberries. Birds sit on Fir and crap blue excrement that has to be cleaned before applying the next coat of paint. So, every trip commences with a general boat cleaning that takes about a day. Then, every day begins with a wipe down to catch the bird deposits since the last cleaning.
One of the last areas to complete is the aft mast. The aft mast is a difficult climb. The person working in this area must rely on the lanyard. In other words, they need to be willing to let go with their hands, lean back and trust that the climbing gear is safe. Only Joe and Leo are able to do this.
Finishing the aft mast is critical because we have antennas and USCG required navigation lights that must be installed.