Flea Market Goodies

This mornings marine flea market yielded quite a few goodies!

178 ft of 5/8″ line (really good condition)-$20.00
86 ft of 1/2″ line, (4) shroud cleats, cleat, and a complete bag of pulleys for lazy jacks-$10.00
New dingy cover (in the right color)-$10.00
Awesome tiller extension for dingy-$20.00
Mag light flashlight (with spare bulb!) $1.00

After gathering up our scores, we went to a round table discussion on the “path less traveled” which covered the Windward Passage, Haiti, and the southern coast of Dominican Republic. It was a good discussion as we are collecting as much info on this route as we can. As Keith and I were leaving we both said the same thing-I’m glad we decided to buy that radar! It seems that it may really come in handy in places where the charts aren’t that accurate and other vessel traffic (commercial and not-so-commercial) will be of concern. In fact, we came back to the boat and worked on the installation some more. Today we finally hooked up power and turned it on-and it works!! Why so surprised? Because we bought it dirt cheap on craigslist. It was a serious gamble. We were a bit giddy at seeing a screen full of speckles. We still have to actually run the wires properly before we cross this one off the list, but getting closer. Oh, and we still need to learn how to use it. Details.

With the inspiration of the last few days and momentum built by a functioning radar we chugged on with some more projects. We took the big outboard motor for a test run as it hasn’t been used in a while. The motor ran great but our davit pulley situation is need of some tweaking. Kai liked the go-fast dingy ride. After that, I ran new pulleys and new line for the roller furling. Overall, a great productive day with a bit of fun mixed in.

Now it’s time to get back to deciphering the world of ssb/ham radio communications. Ugh.

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Score!

Not only had I forgotten about the marine flea market this morning, I apparently was also not listening when Keith was talking about it last night. So Keith wakes me up nice and early and I spend the first few minutes of my day in a rushed state of confusion. Keith got to rag on me about my listening skills for the rest of the day.

Unlike a boat show, we love a marine flea market. Not only that, this was our last one before we depart. Could not miss it! I can’t believe I forgot. It poured for the first hour but we stuck it out under a leaky tarp of our rigger’s booth until the rain slowed to a drizzle and some of the vendors pealed back the tarps to reveal their piles of dented, rusty treasures.

No major purchases but we still scored:
Folding dock cart (10.00)
Radar reflector (10.00)
Two ball valves (60.00 for both)
Rod and reel (80.00)
4 stainless rail fittings (20.00 for four)
Perkins workshop manual (yep, check that page out- how to take apart the water pump. Who could have used that earlier this week?)

Besides our little pile of goodies, we met up with several friends and the day was just pretty darn good. I even got a few lockers painted. (the only completed project of the week so far)

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