May 20, 2020
First I hope all are staying safe and healthy in these times. My business, KONK Life Community Newspaper, has worked hard developing a new revenue stream for our daily digital e-news blast. The early results are showing promise, so thank you to all the KONK Life supporters that understand the importance of a reliable news source and organization.
It took 2 days of grimy work in the bilge to remove the cabin sole and cut off the top of the steel fuel tank. Now a template to be made for the new aluminum fuel tank to be inserted inside of the old tank. (template made to make sure the new tank can fit through the companionway.
May 17, 2020
Work has been progressing on my GGR boat “Spirit”. As I work towards getting her ready to leave the hurricane zone and a return trip to Maryland. She will reside at a US Naval facility on Mill Creek in Annapolis with refit work continuing over the summer. My sail-training plan is still in place as long as Europe opens by the fall for a training sail across the Atlantic and return trip to Key West in February 2021, only time will tell. Final refitting will continue through the start of the race in Les Sables D’Olonne, France on September 4, 2022.
Recent work has been completed like the removal of the bowsprit, the installation of reinforced bow deck covering plate, windless, anchor rodes & chain, new head & staysail stay, relocation of the stay-sail chainplate & bulkhead, the purchase of used 3-speed primary winches, a redesign of the deck hardware & the ordering of new deck hardware, removal of salon cabin sole for the access of fuel tank and replacement. The Hydrovane autopilot has arrived and is awaiting installation. Additional equipment needed to deliver Spirit to Annapolis is a new aluminum fuel tank, a used 140% headsail, and used symmetrical spinnaker.
I’ve made an early design decision with the removal of the bow-sprit, windless, and Samson Post thereby removing over 300 lbs. off the bow. This additional weight causes excess pitching as the boat goes through the waves. The majority of the round the world course is in winds over 15 knots. In those conditions, the extra sail area carried by the extended fore-stay will not be used. Boat speed upwind in lighter conditions will be decreased. But the over-all advantage I believe is evident. The boat designer disagrees with me, but that is why I’m planning to sail over 8,000 miles this year to make those final determinations. If I’m wrong I can but a bow-spirt back on for the race.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a hold on my fund-raising. I do want to thank all my donors and volunteers for their contributions to date, over $120,000 has been raised. All of the work completed has been by myself and volunteers. Because of the pandemic, I’ve begun sourcing used equipment where I feel it will survive the race, like the new used primary winches. Again, everyone please do take care of yourselves and your family, signing off till the next update.