NZ Land Logs 41, Year 2: Teak Decks and Monitor Windvanes
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Weather Today: Warm with Clear Blue Skies
Location: Whangarei, New Zealand

It was another beautiful day today, so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and drill some holes in our boat. Well, actually we didn’t drill holes but we did take out the wooden pegs in the teak deck that needed to be replaced. Mark started on the starboard side of the boat and will continue on the port side tomorrow, weather permitting. When you have a teak deck, from time to time you have to pull out the old pegs, drill deeper holes for new pegs and then put in new screws and pegs. Mark had already put a number of the new screws in when our neighbor Bob on White Swan suggested that he use caulk when putting in the screws. Duh! Why didn’t we know that? So Mark took out the screws he had put in and started again using the caulk. We put varnish in the hole when we put the pegs in and had always thought that was enough to seal things, but Bob and Dianna just finished redoing their teak deck and had done their research. Thank goodness for knowledgeable neighbors.

I spent most of my day polishing the stainless Monitor windvane. It had to be taken off the stern of the boat for repairs and this is the perfect time to get rid of all those rust spots. This is the device that steers the boat using the wind and we will be reinstalling it when we are out of the water. After I worked on this for a couple of hours, Mark returned from the marina store with a new product, at least new to us. It is called “Grunt Emer Gel” and promises to restore and clean metal, fabric, wood, fiberglass, gelcoat, lacquer, and enamel, and it promises to do this by just brushing or wiping it on, waiting a few minutes, and then rinsing it off. I can’t wait to try this one. Sure hope it does just half of what it claims. Of course, there are no ingredients listed on the container, so even if it does work, I’ll never know the magic formula.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s log that Scott and Pam of Starship returned from a trip to Australia late yesterday. Scott and Pam are the legally blind couple sailing around the world that I mentioned in logs when we first arrived in Whangarei. We were delighted to share with them a March 2007 Sail magazine that mentions them in the Cruiser’s Update section. When the Kanegsbergs flew home to the US they left behind their most recent sailing magazines that they had brought with them. We also found a center-fold picture in Sail magazine from March 2007 featuring a boat we are familiar with, Sensei. The picture was from the Baha Haha race that they participated in before heading across the Pacific. They are up in Opua, but Tim and Cynthia on Arctic Fox are going to see them next week, so we will send the magazine with them. When you are out here, you don’t get those sailing magazines, so the few that Alan and Helaine left are getting a good workout.

I’m writing this log early as we are going to the community outdoor film tonight. The feature film is “Happy Feet” and I’ve decided I just have to see it, even if I do have to walk home late at night. I’ll let you know tomorrow if it was worth it.

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