This post contains the answer to last week’s post of “What Is It?” and we found a Water Snake. What Kind? Who knows.
An Update and The Answer:
Last week we asked if anyone knew what this red contraption was. We weren’t sure it was for a sailboat.
We had some good guesses come our way, but they just didn’t seem to be right. Then the Captain’s brother, Chris posted our question & photos online. Nephew, Joey posted the question on Reddit. The inquiring minds from the Reddit world got involved and provided an answer and photos.
Turns out this is a Universal Mast Base for a Windsurfer….a vintage windsurfer since the design of windsurfers have evolved over the years.
See the part in action!
Whew! Mystery solved.
Thanks for the answer guys.
Now the Snake:
The marina is loaded with Hydrilla – a bed of prop-tangling floating foliage. Turns out it brings in critters. The other day the Captain walked past a raft of Hydrilla, right next to the dock, and spotted a snake resting on top of it just a few feet away! (Insert screaming here.)
The marina staff said it was a Water Moccasin. Then said it could jump four-feet. Of course, a Water Moccasin is poisonous.
We’re not sure if this is a Water Moccasin. Any snake experts out there?
What is so sexy about handrails? Nothing…unless you have newly varnished handrails that don’t leak. Now that’s sexy!
Handrails won’t be in a 40 shades of gray setting (unless they also have straps). But if your gal is a Boat Wife, (like me) she knows that handrails are sexy because they can keep her safe and it’s something to hold onto while sailing. How sexy is that? Sailing in Safety!
Handrails can be found inside the cabin and on deck. A couple of our handrails on the deck would leak (during sultry thunder storms) into the interior. One of the leaks happened to be over the Captain’s side of the bunk.
This fix went to the top of the list.
After taking the rails off the deck, Capt. Kelly sanded them down. He applied several coats of varnish…about six coats.
After prepping the rails, we were ready to install them. Capt. was on top putting down the bedding compound and the trusty Boat Wife was below to tighten the bolts.
Installed, the rails look new.
The fix worked! After the first shower, there wasn’t a leak and there hasn’t been one since.
Now the handrails are doing the job they are meant to do. Isn’t that Sexy!