Driving to work early Monday morning I listened with interest and with growing optimism to the interview about the results of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trials. Effective, easier to store and cheaper! By that time I had just about thawed out following my early morning swim off the beach at Tynemouth, the reward being a fabulous sunrise. Later that morning I was once again 'rather cold' having spent a couple of hours at our local marina up a ladder with my Spinlock Mast Harness buckled up whilst doing the final fit to a roof canopy on a rather large powerboat. Back in the sail loft with a hot coffee in my hands it was a case of pick a sail repair, start work on it and start worrying about tomorrows blog! In the light of the success of the vaccine trials I did then start to wonder if there really was a light at the end of the tunnel. The retail shop will once again be open for retail customers as of the 2nd of December (mail order and click & collect at present remain the same) as for access to sailing clubs and marinas who knows but let's hope that 'we lot' will be lumped in with shops, gyms, and leisure centres which will be open in all tiers? Assuming therefore we are allowed out to play are you ready to do battle and protect your boat from the damp with a Dehumidifier, maybe a tube heater under the engine and Freezeban run through your fresh water system before the temperature drops any more?
Three other products which may well come in useful; a Tercoo rotary blaster, perfect for removing rust from plate steel and cast iron keels, the Freebag Pro to take the pressure off your knees and finally Rydlyme. When flushed through the engine cooling system it safely removes any build up.
A Foil Saver is a good investment. Run one up your headsail track once you have lowered the Genoa, once tensioned it stops the foil vibrating on a windy day. Need to unstick a fitting bedded in Sikaflex? Debond is the answer. To the best of my knowledge its the only 'bond breaker' that works! Finally, keep that green look at bay. Wet & Forget is the one to use outside, dilute, spray on and forget! Safe to use on all materials, such as woven fabrics, ropes, painted and gelcoat surfaces.