|Famous last words: "But it all looked so simple."|
The good news is we have a bimini top. The bad news is I sewed it. I admit, it was a fun project, and I had a good time turning several yards of white 10 ounce, GVC vinyl into a shade from the unrelenting sun. But please don't look too closely at the stitching or you will come to understand why the only "C" I ever made in school was in home economics.
Maybe it was me. Maybe it was the material. Probably it was a little bit of both, but whatever the case, the bimini, while in the correct size and shape, has some really not pretty seams - often bunched up and crooked as though someone in a mental institution hemmed it together. But, hey, it works, though we still have to put in the grommets and then attach it to the dodger. The woman who had the boat before us was a seamstress, and I can't help but look at all the cushions and bolsters and sail covers and gear bags she made in awe. What a truly useful skill.
On the boat front, things are coming along. The engine is working well, and our diesel tanks are all filled up. We have a few more little things to take care of and, of course, more stowing. Also, I would like to thank our friends Scott and Natalie who were gracious enough to let me invade their apartment for a couple of days to work on the bimini. Without such a nice, quiet space to work in, there would have been a lot more cursing.