One More Day in Charleston

Well, we thought we would head northward today. But, we were wrong. The guys from North Sail Charleston did not make it yesterday, but finally showed up around noon today to install the repaired sail and the new “quick-cover.” They did not finish until around 3 p.m., so our departure from the Holy City was delayed for another day.

Caution: Men at Work

Caution: Men at Work

Beatitude with her new "quick-cover"

Beatitude with her new “quick-cover”

Quick-cover with repaired mainsail inside

Quick-cover with repaired mainsail inside

However, we do now have a mainsail once again, and a nice new stack-pack to protect and hold it when not in use. Our old one had rips and tears with considerable UV damage and dry rot. As mentioned in the last post, we also have a couple of other “improvements” of which Cindy was unaware. First of all, I sent all the covers for our cushions in the cockpit and on the front deck out to a canvas shop for repair. Many of the snaps had broken off. They are now repaired and in place. I also bought a portable air-conditioner for the salon. You may recall we have three built-in marine AC units on Beatitude: One for each hull and one for the salon. The unit for the salon hasn’t worked in about a year. A compressor needs replacing at the cost of about two to three thousand dollars. I’ve balked at that price for months, but the heat has been so oppressive that I bought a portable unit for about $300.00. It works better than the built-in marine unit. Now, of course, we can only use this went hooked up to shore power in a marina (as we are now) or if we run the generator. So, it will be of limited assistance for the next week or two.

New 10,000 BTU portable air-conditioner

New 10,000 BTU portable air-conditioner

New electric head

New electric head

Wifi extender mounted on stern pole to right (actually just another excuse to display the Georgia flag)

Wifi extender mounted on stern pole to right (actually just another excuse to display the Georgia flag)

The upside to our one-day departure delay is that we were able to do a few more errands (with the use of Megan Argabright’s car) and were able to meet up with Justin and Shera for dinner one more time before we go. We’ll probably pass through Charleston again in the fall on our way to the Caribbean. That means we’ll have something to look forward to as we move southward through the Carolinas again.

Blue Heron in flight (squawking unhappily because I disturbed his solitude)

Blue Heron in flight (squawking unhappily because I disturbed his solitude)

6 thoughts on “One More Day in Charleston

  1. Hi, Glad you f-i-n-a-l-l-y have your sail work completed and installed. It’s frustrating waiting for “work” that has been promised but not delivered on time… Hope you have a good trip from here on in… 🙂

    • Yes. I used North Sails in Ft. Lauderdale and they were efficient and did good work. These guys did good work, or so it appears at this time, but their word was unreliable. They were difficult to reach and did not keep me informed. Unfortunately, they’ll not get my business again. However… that’s water under the bridge, so to speak. Tomorrow, I’ll think I’ll go under a few bridges myself! 🙂

  2. Wow ! You’ve been busy! You are all set now! It all looks great! Although delayed ..I’m sure you guys enjoyed being with good friends one last time before taking off smooth sailing to ya !

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