The week of Thanksgiving was a short one on Dorade. It was long enough, however, to appreciate being thankful for working on a wonderful boat. Boat work doesn’t seem to mean as much on a big piece of fantastic plastic or other boring motor yacht.
After moving the boat over to St. Francis Yacht Club she stayed there for the rest of the week and the holiday and I continued with small tasks to be done. The primary task was to get the boat into show mode for a photo shoot on Wednesday. She was looking pretty good with her proper dorade vents on and all cleaned up. The interior was deep cleaned and the wood polished. A few visitors came by to have a look at the boat. She is pretty famous and even if just her wooden spars are sticking up above St. FYC she seems to attract attention.
A few logistical things took some time this week. T-shirts to be ordered and race crew to fill. We have some paint work being done on our life rings because the DORADE stickers are peeling off. Victoria in Sausalito, who is apparently a big Dorade fan, is going to paint the lettering on.
Speaking of other work being done, the little motor dinghy is making progress at the shop. The mechanics have installed a fuel priming bulb and believe a lot of the starting issues were because the fuel wasn’t holding a prime. They are also worried about the exhaust and will let us know tomorrow how the sea trial goes.
All in all we are moving along nicely, now getting ready to race on Saturday in the 2nd event of the mid winter series. It should be a great day!