June 24th, 2011

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Friday June 24. Heatstruck

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The thermometer got up over 40 Centigrade, over 100 Fahrenheit. It is nearly impossible to work on the boat other than underneath, or on the shady side. Every tool left out in the sun becomes too hot to touch.  I start before 7 a.m. and quit early. Around 2 I could not stand it any longer, I heard the voices and splashing from the beach, a ways down stream. I wear swimming shorts anyway. That brought some temporary relief.

The hull, two coats, are done. Now I have to re-install all the hardware again, in the cockpit and on the house. The dodger, traveller, engine controls, etc., etc.  And that can only be done before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

The picture below shows the system the “Cuckoo’s Nest” has to preheat the water. Kind of Rube Goldberg, but it works, particular in this heat wave. I wonder why that is not embraced in more parts of the world. I remember that in Southern Brazil, all the houses had their water tanks on the roof.