My first video-call of the day began at 05:00, so by the 13:00 comes around I'll be happy to call it quits! The weather is a bit better now, it is no longer raining all the time but it is still overcast so I'll use that cover to complete the final 2 winch maintenance tasks. My shopping list for items is getting longer, so I will also head across to the hardware store and home furnishings store to get those items later on today. I did go ashore for a quick breakfast at the café and the first time I'd ordered a Café au lait it had worked out, but despite ordering the same thing the past two times I've gotten a cafe latte; it seems that only one of the baristas there know that there is a difference between the two.
While working on the dock several days ago my sunglasses fell off and went diving to the depths of the marina. I waited a bit, but they decided to stay down there rather than resurface so I am going to have to see about getting a replacement set somewhere. The old ones were a cheap pair from a dive shop and they were due for replacement as the plastic film had started to bubble off the substrate and that made for some very weird optical illusions when I wore them. I won't get a cheap pair this time around, but will make sure to get those string-things to keep them from falling off when not in use.
The morning started off very badly as I saw a big roach race across the main cabin floor during a telephone call! I had the bottle of dilute Permethrin handy and whacked it with a solid burst before it scuttled away. It was fast so I didn't see what kind of an insect it was, but I'm hoping that it was a migrant bug and not a homegrown one as it was the size of my thumb tip joint. I've heard that if you see one roach there are probably hundreds that you don't see so I 'm very worried indeed. While Google has told me the one I zapped won't survive, I'll be shopping for all sorts of pesticides and placing the poison and traps strategically around the boat. I always get rid of garbage, never bring cardboard aboard (cockroaches like to lay eggs inside the cardboard walls and the hatchlings then have food in the form of paper and glue to feed on while being protected from sight), and always put all of my food in sealed containers or in the fridge.
I planned on doing the 2 big winch services today, but the first winch took a long time to complete and I didn't think I'd have time to finish the second project before dark - and didn't want to leave all those little hard-to-replace-and-expensive pieces lying around overnight. So I'll have to continue that maintenance task tomorrow afternoon and hopefully complete all 4 winches without losing any parts. The little pawls and tiny springs are easy to lose, I had one spring pop out and spent a good 10 minutes searching for it before I located it, hooked into the vertical side of the towel I am using to cover the cockpit table. But I've got spares for those parts - but if one of the captured ball bearing races breaks or goes overboard I'm really in trouble.

Gregory available for day charter Perhaps I'd never seen this side of his floating market, but the sign that he was available for day charters made me laugh as I passed by him this morning!
(2021-08-24 09:41:19 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Gregory available for day charter
Big winch parts Removing and cleaning the parts of the big Harken 70 winch
(2021-08-24 14:35:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/20s] ISO 64)
Big winch parts
Harken 70 winch drum and parts This winch is much more massive than the smaller ones forward, the drum itself also has some embedded ball bearings
(2021-08-24 14:50:16 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 winch drum and parts
Harken 70 parts All of the Harken 70 parts are now cleaned and ready for re-assembly. Hard to believe that only an allen key and screwdriver (top left) are needed get all of these parts apart and back together again
(2021-08-24 15:17:51 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 parts
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