Up the Mast and On a Kayak

It’s been longer than I prefer since the last blog post. Not a lot nautical has been happening during the past three and one-half weeks. But, I did undergo rotator cuff surgery on December 3. I have been rehabbing and working (a lot) since then.

Today, the Christmas decorations came down, including the 35 foot tree of Christmas lights which were suspended part-way up the mast by our gennaker halyard. Since taking down the tree required at least a 30-foot trip up the mast, I thought I’d take care of a couple of other issues.

Looking down on Cindy removing decorations.  Strings of lights that constituted the tree lying on the cabin top.

Looking down on Cindy removing decorations. Strings of lights that constituted the tree lying on the cabin top.

A view from above.

A view from above.

Removing lights (and showing off her "mallet finger" splint)

Removing lights (and showing off her “mallet finger” splint)

At the top (I must confess I was having fun.  It felt like a grown-up's jungle gym.)

At the top (I must confess I was having fun. It felt like a grown-up’s jungle gym.)

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Our anchor light stopped working some time ago. I bought a 12-V portable anchor light which I’ve used the last couple of times out at anchor. Upon testing the previous light, the bulb seemed okay. Today, I reinserted it into its socket at the top of the mast, and it is working (but doesn’t seem as bright as it should be). While atop the mast, I discovered that the globe which surrounds the bulb is missing. That explains the broken pieces of plastic I found on deck a while back. Pesky ospreys!

A view of the top of our mast, the preferred resting place of Ospreys.  (You can see our anchor light, sans globe, on the right side of the mast)

A view of the top of our mast, the preferred resting place of Ospreys. (You can see our anchor light, sans globe, on the right side of the mast)

I also removed the broken TV antenna which the previous owners had placed atop the mast. One less piece of junk that we don’t/won’t use. On the way down, I re-secured the SSB antenna which is basically a long wire which is attached to our port spreader ascending 30+ feet into the air. A few of the wire ties snapped and it was flopping around.

Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds

Removing the broken antenna (which is seen circling behind me)

Removing the broken antenna (which is seen circling behind me)

More fun on the mast

More fun on the mast

You know what they say about all work and no play, so, after accomplishing the above, Cindy and I took our Kayak out for a test run. Just before my surgery, we purchased a Malibu II XL Ocean Kayak in anticipation of our cruising future. We’ll use it for exploring anchorages and reefs around the world. It was torture having the Kayak on deck, but unable to use it due to surgery. Today was the day. I guess my shoulder is doing pretty well, since 3 weeks post-op I climbed our 65′ mast and went kayaking! We had fun paddling around the marina for a few minutes before putting her away for future fun. Once again, Cindy was stretched. She has always been afraid of these kayaks and was hesitant to get aboard this one. She courageously acquiesced and took her position in the front of the kayak. After a few nervous first moments, she relaxed and enjoyed herself.

Our Malibu II Ocean Kayak on the foredeck of Beatitude

Our Malibu II XL Ocean Kayak on the foredeck of Beatitude

Beatitude in the Background

Beatitude in the Background

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Gliding through the water

Gliding through the water

12 thoughts on “Up the Mast and On a Kayak

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! So much fun to live vicariously! :-). Glad you’re recovering well from your surgery. We wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

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