Day+17

SD.

Very good to have a night in my bed and the peace and quiet of home.  I woke about 6am and got up slowly and after pottering around for a while made a breakfast broth which went down ok, though my mouth tastes horrible, bubbly and acidic and it’s hard to consider eating at all.  I hope that the bloods next Monday show that my immune system has recovered enough so that I can stop taking these anti-viral and anti-fungal tablets which are just vile.

I look very thin and fragile I have to say, and feel it.  My weight has dropped to 60.3KG which is 2 kilos lower than my previous chemo low.  So, lots of eating to do once I can get the food down.

Anyway, enough of that!  The excitement of the day is a continuation of the excitement from yesterday afternoon when I met the yacht broker on board Selene’s Dragon in Penzance Wet Dock, and along withPaul (my retired marine surveyor friend) we crawled over the boat checking off the recommended safety works that Mike A., Selene’s owner, had done before he sailed her down here from Scotland.  Pretty much everything checks out and my concerns are allayed – the remedial work to the leaking keel joint has succeeded in keeping the water out of the bilges, and with 500 sea miles just completed you can’t ask for a better trial than that.  There is an electrical charging problem and some related issues but a marine electrician came to start checking out the system and returns on Tuesday to finish sorting it out.  The problem comes because Mike had fitted a new and improved fan-belt system to the engine which in the end required a new alternator to be fitted too, but the installation of that is not quite right.  I’m sure it will get resolved.  There are a couple of final questions I have for the yard who did the works which I hope will be answered on Monday, and then the sale will complete, I insure the boat, and it’s done!

And what a boat she is.  In the photo SD is to the left, and the very pretty pilot cutter on the right is Joff’s boat, having her final preparation for his summer up in Scotland and Ireland.   It’s four or five months since I saw her up in Scotland and now, here in Penzance, rigged and ready to go, well it’s a bit mind-blowing but very exciting.  This is just the thing for me right now, all the complexity of the vessel and how it all works plus the reality of just being able to head out there, anywhere!  Step by step of course, I’m not planning anything too much this summer, I really do need to rest up and recharge, but I think this boat will continue to do me a great deal of good…