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I needed to get groceries today, not only because of the impending curfew but because I'd just run out of coffee beans after my second cup this morning. The workers arrived at 09:00 and once they started I had to close the hatches again, so I put on a fresh T-shirt and lowered the dinghy into the water in order to zip across the lagoon to the dock close to the stores. The Gourmet store took a big chunk of money in exchange for some coffee, hard salami and 3 potatoes and I returned to Zanshin with my treasures. I then had to go to Island Waterworld to get a sample of chain to make sure that I would order the correct replacement type (it was indeed 10mm chain with 28 pitch) and to get some beer for the fridge. I chose Heineken rather than Piton this time around. It turns out that the local beer isn't quite as local as I thought, they are owned by Heineken.
The chain had soaked in a bucket of hydrochloric acid overnight and I hoped that the rust would have magically dissolved away. That hadn't happened, but the rust had been transformed a bit and made brittle. I diluted and drained the acid bath and filled the bucket with water and proceeded to pound away at the ball, link by link, and about half of the diameter would chip away and reveal good steel beneath, but I would have to chip away at a link for a while before dislodging enough rusted metal to allow it to be separated from the next one. I spent a couple of hours whacking away at the ball of rust until it was small enough to pass through the hawse hole and I could remove the whole thing from the boat. Then I spent another hour taking apart the windlass and cleaning / servicing it. The only positive note was that the magnets used for the chain counter were still there but covered in metal filings so now at least the chain counter problem is resolved.
In the meantime, the varnishers had completed the final sanding and were applying the first base coat. It was sunny, hot and breezy so they managed to put on 2 coats to each piece and said that they would be able to begin the real varnishing work on Monday (normally they would work on Sunday, but the curfew prevents them from doing so). The wood is now a lot darker, but even just the base coat gives the teak a bit of luster and shine.
Dinner was dismal, I had neglected to thaw out anything and wasn't in the mood to cook, so I made some cold sandwiches with the salami and some cheddar cheese and swilled Heineken to wash it down. I couldn't decided on which movie to watch, so I opted to read and finish my book. I'm reading an interesting series of books starting with Rivers of London. It is written in a wry and humourous manner with an interesting mix of police detective novel and wizardry in modern London.