October 21, 2014
Today finds us still in Morro Bay, where it is sunny and breezy, with gale warnings (winds of 35 knots) on the coast. We’ll certainly be here through Wednesday, and maybe departing as late as Friday, waiting for things to settle down.
We got some further nice time with Birgit’s friends Juergen and Karen, and had dinner on the boat (barbecued chicken and fava-like beans) last night with Joel Walker. There is only one mediocre Albertson’s supermarket in Morro Bay, and we are reminded of how limited the selection of foods is in most places.
I found a tiny “organic” store on a side street today, where they actually had some local tomatoes. That was a treat. There will be more salsa Mexicana on the boat tonight, for the visit of an Iranian-American jeweler from San Luis Obispo – a guy we met at Friday’s yacht club social and hit it off with.
Last night before dinner Joel and I took a crack at getting the screws out of the outhaul track, only to discover that the threads (in the boom) have totally corroded. For the few screws we succeeded in turning, they just rotated in place. This has suddenly become a major project – drilling out the track, tapping larger threaded holes in the boom, etc. etc. My inclination is to just tie the thing down with lots of tarred seine twine, but we’ll see how it goes in Oxnard.