Strange that whenever on a non sailing holiday I seem to be inexplicably drawn towards the nearest boatyard, maybe looking for the abandoned boat that could be my next project? The other day, meandering through the yard at Gouvia marina, I came across a mast from a super yacht. It was fitted with four sets of enormous spreaders, each pair had built in LED spots to illuminate both the deck and the spar. As well as the ability to illuminate the complete mast it was fitted with all the bells and whistles one would need on such a big boat including these three halyard locks for the main, genoa and staysail, which, when engaged, would transfer the running rigging loads and free the large Harken winch on the mast for other duties. Perched on the top of the spar was the remains of a badly damaged Windex. To see it from the deck I think one would have needed superb eyesight or a bloody good pair of binoculars such as the Bynolyt Searanger II. Seeing these large locks brought back happy memories as the last time I played with or even used a halyard lock in anger was many many years ago on one of my International 14'S. Early twin trapeze days saw many a mast fall down, a very steep learning curve! Fortunately I was wearing my Gill bi-focal sunglasses so when I wanted to examine these super yacht locks in more detail the glasses were more than up to the job. Since Gill introduced these to the market some three years ago they have been the first bit of kit I pack when off seeking sun.
Casual chic has never been my forte so my 'on hols' day time dress is usually a twenty five year old tee shirt and a pair of Musto fast dry shorts, they are at least ten years old! Earlier this season I did think the shorts were on their way out as they had started to fall apart, fortunately Tear-Aid (which I wrote about in a blog the other week) came to the rescue and despite being hand washed three times these last two weeks, Tear-Aid is living up to its name with no sign of failing to hold this flimsy fabric together! Tear-Aid will be the second bit of kit I pack in the future, it has so many uses: repairing all sail fabrics from spinnaker cloth to high tech laminates, foulies, spray hood windows, inflatable dinghies, naming but a few.