Randall had been saying he wanted to pull up the flooring in the galley and the nav area. A previous owner had re-floored this area by simply cutting a board to fit and laying it over the previous floor. This installation left a gap on the sides, along the angled hull, which was a trap for all stray food and grime. Water, too, really liked to ooze its way between these boards for what we knew was a nice moldy lab culture. We pulled the top boards off today to discard. It appears that cornflakes have been jumping for their lives from our cereal bowls straight into this little crevasse. In addition to the grossness factor, the boards are a pine veneer which are starting to warp and peel. We cleaned up the sub-floor with some bleach water and Randall spent the rest of the afternoon reinforcing the access ports in the floor which lead to the hull below. To us, the number of access ports in this small area defies explanation. In fact, the fascination for an access port per each linear foot carries forward in our dressing area and backward into Lily’s berth. In every boat we have ever owned, there grows, over time, a list of questions pertaining to why certain things were done and what the goal was. Sometimes you puzzle long and hard over these perplexities. Sometimes you have to leave it alone. Maybe the previous owners’ modus operandi are above our powers of comprehension.
We wish we could zap back to Oklahoma for the day to see Gerald and Carl. Happy Fathers Day, Dads! We love and miss you both.
Lily made Randall some rock charms for Father’s Day and we went out to eat at the Backpackers Hotel and Restaurant. Also, we made him run the air conditioning an extra hour today while he was working on the access ports. We keep telling him to quit and watch the game. Honduras is facing off against Switzerland in today’s soccer game so everyone in town is huddled around a tv. We are not sure if the Guatemalans are rooting for their neighbor against the evil European or if Honduras is, instead, a local arch rival. Jake gets back tonight so we are excited to find out what he knows about soccer. He was watching a game with Sonny when we talked to him earlier in his trip so maybe he can shed some light on this important national interest.