It's certainly true that having a deadline can focus you on what's most important. We finally got Orion's hull waxed. And after ignoring Orion Jr for the last 6 weeks, we suddenly switched into high gear. The mast, boom, sails, dinghy, gin pole and various other items that we stripped off her in the spring are back in place. In another move to save weight and space, Dave downsized from our Honda 2000 to a Honda 1000 generator. It should be more than powerful enough to run Jr's systems and can also power Orion's 55 amp battery charger.
Just so we could put the new machine through its paces, Dave had Cathy make covers for the new compressor, generator and even the sewing machine. No problem. Once the word got out that she had a zigzag machine, it was inevitable that Cathy would be asked to do other sail repairs. The first was for Steve who had a problem with his headsail's leech line. This is not an area that she's looking to expand into.
As the week of boat chores came to an end, Dave took off with Steve for the Annapolis Boat Show, getting answers for projects on both boats, including an annoying flashing light on the Xantrex battery charger. (It's gone now!) As he returned we headed back to Richmond for a week of homework, playing dollhouse, and baking with the grandkids – to name a few of the activities we don't usually find ourselves involved in. We celebrated Cathy's birthday at week's end with a dinner out before heading back to our final 2 weeks in Hampton.