The work on the cockpit table is progressing, they have been sanding away at all the detachable pieces on the dock and on the tabletop in site and despite closing the hatches (and making life below decks miserable) I've got some dust below and some wood shavings so I'll have to have a good session with the vacuum cleaner once they are done. I used one of them during a break to help me get the rest of the chain to the dock, he operated the windlass while I was on the dock wearing work gloves and hauling the chain over to the dock. It was in much worse shape than I had thought, in the past season I'd only anchored in shallow water and only used the first 100-150 feet of the chain. While this had some rust, it was negligible. But the rest of the chain after that proved to be very bad. While most of the links and sections were good, some sections and some links were badly corroded, getting worse the deeper in the locker it was and at the end of the chain about 30 or so links had fused to form solid ball of rust. I'm going to have to revise my plans regarding cleaning the chain and think about replacing it!
The COVID-19 outbreak is getting worse here, despite the recent curfew measures the numbers are continually rising. They have impose new restrictions today, as they always announce them on Thursday afternoon make make them effective starting the next day. No more in-restaurant dining, just takeout. An absolute curfew starting at 16:00 on Saturday through to 04:00 on Monday so no leaving the docks on Sunday. And I fear that the measures might be made more restrictive as time goes on.
The immediate effect for me was that I was going to have prepare my own dinner instead of getting a much-anticipated meal ashore tonight. I don't like takeout food, so will need to resign myself to home-cooked meals for at least a week.

Serious corrosion While big sections of the chain are pristine, other sections and links are heavily corroded with much of the substance gone. Since a chain is only as strong as the weakest link it means that the whole chain might as well be corroded away!
(2021-09-03 09:56:08 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1600s] ISO 64)
Serious corrosion
Whole sections are corroded Here are some good portions and some really bad portions of the chain laid out on dock
(2021-09-03 09:56:35 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1000s] ISO 64)
Whole sections are corroded
Chain laid out on the dock I stretched the chain into 60 foot long lengths to see how bad the damage is.
(2021-09-03 09:57:09 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Chain laid out on the dock
Sanding the table leaves They are now down to 200 or higher grit but sanding between the slats of the table leaves takes a long time and needs to be done by hand
(2021-09-03 09:57:13 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Sanding the table leaves
Chain rusted to a ball This ball of rusted links won't go through the windlass opening and I don't think that my Dremel has a chance against G70 hardened carbon steel.
(2021-09-03 12:35:35 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Chain rusted to a ball
Rusted chain soaking in acid I'm soaking the offending ball of fused rusted links in concetrated hydrochloric acid overnight to see if that will loosen the rust enough to let me get the chain through the hawsehole
(2021-09-03 12:54:06 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Rusted chain soaking in acid
Sanding and taping the cockpit table Final sanding underneath the table and subsequent taping in preparation for the base coats and varnish
(2021-09-03 12:59:26 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Sanding and taping the cockpit table
Finishing touches while sanding Final sanding with fine grit paper prior to putting the base coats on
(2021-09-03 12:59:29 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 64)
Finishing touches while sanding
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