Port Carmen, Cebu
Today was the long awaited day when the bimini supports had finally been epoxied in place and it was time to bring the new bimini aboard. We're not sure of it's actual weight but my best guess at this time is two hundred pounds. As it is a rectangle approximately eight feet by nine feet it's a bit unwieldily. We first doubled up on our gang plank giving extra width and a handrail on each side. Lando and Sandy carried the top down and then having a line through what will be the window we attached a spinnaker halyard. The guys carried the top down, there was a tense moment when it dropped but was saved by the halyard. Once alongside, the main halyard was attached and with the guys and I moving the new top and Kathy controlling the weight with the halyard it was moved into place. After removing the line used for lifting and sliding the top around the fit was almost perfect. Quite amazing!!!The rest of the day was spent making small corrections in the fit and adding more fiberglass to the support structure.
Next the top will be removed again so the inside can be fared and painted. There is still more fiberglass work to be done on the boxing in of the splash combing along with the tabbing on the inside of the top to make it removable. We at least have now seen what the top in place looks like and are quite happy.
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|KATHY AND BLUE CAT ARE PLEASED WITH THINGS|
|LOOKING FROM FORWARD|
|OUR HOPE WAS TO FOLLOW|
THE LINES OF THE COCKPIT
|LOOKINF FROM THE HELM SEAT|
|LOOKING AFT FROM THE |
|LOOKING FORWARD FROM OUR STERN SEAT|