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The river trip is right around the corner, and our preparations start getting serious. The list of boat projects we want to complete (as discussed in Ep 15) before leaving Lake Michigan is LONG. If, hypothetically, we had to pick just one project to complete before leaving, it would be adding a windlass to help us handle our new anchor.
As boat projects go, what you think should take x amount of time takes 5x. This project was no different. The big hurdle was our chain pipe — it was located EXACTLY where we wanted to install our new Lofrans Manual Windlass. So, after fiberglassing closed the old chain pipe hole, installing the windlass over the top, then cutting a new hole in the deck for the new chain pipe, our windlass was finally completely installed and ready for chain.
I (Lauren) also start my first sewing project — covers for our teak handrails, two winch covers and a compass cover. Our lovely boat neighbor, Bruce, lent me his antique Singer sewing machine, and also gave Kirk advice and guidance throughout the windlass installation.
Hope you enjoy!
Lauren & Kirk
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