|...Miami Cordage is THE place..|
|Stainless steel 1 1/2" ratchets, very nice|
While there, we discovered that they also sell stainless steel ratchets that we use to secure the dinghy in the davits. We have never had SS ones, we always bought the cheap $20 ones from Home Depot and they would only last about a year. These are 1 1/2" wide, beautifully made by Suncor, cost $75 and should last many years. With our order complete, they cut our chain and asked if we wanted it in buckets. "OK" we said, wondering how we would lift a 125 lb bucket. They lifted both buckets at the same time with a fork lift. It was really cool how they did that from the loading dock and down into our trunk. These guys are pros and so pleasant to work with. Of course, on the way back to Dinner Key, we took a wrong exit off I-95 and ended up in downtown Miami. There we hit the brakes too hard and the chain buckets fell over and all the chain pushed into the back seats. Oh well, it is a rental :-) ....
|Our cheerful Chain Gang, Radeen, Loretta, Jim & Bill|
|250 ft in the dinghy for sale|
So, our new anchor chain is on and we have one more boat job to do and that is to tune the standing rigging and tighten the forestays. After a trip to Costco today, then it will be a waiting game for a weather window.
|Radeen smiling in the rain as we load provisions on Sunday|
|250 lbs of new anchor chain in the trunk of the car|
|Taking the chain out to Island Spirit|
|That is 250 feet of HT chain in the dinghy bow|
|250 feet of chain loaded up to the deck|
|USA Crosby 2T HT shackle. The proper one. USA made.|
|SS wires secures the anchor shackle|
This should just about do it for the refit of Island Spirit, new sails, new electronics, new running rigging, new Spectra watermaker, and new anchor chain. Now if the east winds will just stop blowing we can head out. Looks like next week now.....