Well, after a pretty fast passage from Jacksonville, Adventure arrived in Dubai last week.
I splashed her in the huge Jebel Ali Port, one of the biggest in the world.
The quaysides are about 10 feet high from the waterline, and it’s pretty nasty tying up alongside with big vessels passing. The bow waves can smack you up against the dock and easily damage a small boat.
A brand new 50ft stinkpot was badly damaged a few weeks ago in exactly this way when a tug passed too fast and really smashed it up against the quayside. The boat rises, and as she drops, the fenders ride up the quay and land on deck…
After a few anxious minutes trying to start the engine, she fired up, and I was able to motor out of the port - minus mast and bowsprit, and from there, out to sea for a couple of hours trip around the Palm Island with the monstrous pink Atlantis Hotel perched on the end, to my berth in the Dubai Offshore sailing Club.
I had only two days before having to leave for our family home in France where I’m writing from, and managed to get the bowsprit back on - (I hate to see her without her proboscis) and mounted the windvane and solar panel.
I put the windvane on before realizing that without the mast being stepped, the extra weight on the boomkin wasn’t supported by the backstay, hence the temporary line from the boom gallows you can see on the photograph.
I get back on the 24th, and hope to be able to organize a crane to step the mast straight away.
The sailing season is starting again this month after the brutal heat of the summer, and I can’t wait to get those tanbark sails up! They’ll be the only ones I have ever seen in this part of the world.
As a new BCC owner, I’m going to be going through the familiar agonies of decision making regarding the treatment of the bulwarks, boomkin and coamings that everyone here has no doubt seen aired on the forum many times before …
I really want to avoid painting at least for couple of years, and really don’t know what to use for the mahogany in this aggressive UV and high temperature and humidity.
forgive me if I bother you all with this in the coming weeks.
The first photograph is of the boat in Svendsen’s yard in San Francisco with the PO and now my good friend John Purins. (I’m the one without the five o’clock shadow
All the best to all of you.