Although the varnisher came aboard before 08:00 this morning, it was just to tell me that they've decided to let the varnish dry an extra day so that it would have cured sufficiently for them to give it a bit of 220 grit sanding in order to even out the coats and let the next coat make a smooth surface. I checked out my cash reserves and had just enough to pay for the anchor chain which Island Waterworld was going to cut for me today and they'd offered a discount for cash versus credit card payment. I gotten new US$ bills at the bank months before and was less than happy when the store refused to take one of the US$100 bills because it had a tear of about 1mm on one length - they said that their bank wouldn't accept broken bills! Luckily I had a backup reserve $100 bill in my wallet that I keep for emergencies and despite having been folded and in there for at least 2 years it was accepted by the store as legal tender. One needs to understand that the local EC$ bills are generally quite tattered and beat up and torn much worse than the little mark on my bill so I was quite miffed at having my money rejected.
I got spray paint at a local paint store (white, green, yellow and red) and am ready to go as soon as they cut my chain to length. I got Vision this morning and he found someone to remove my old rusty chain. They used one of the dock carts and I was surprised that it could take all that weight; but they got the chain aboard and carted it away with no problems at all.
I set up my marks on the dock and had the spray paint ready to go and was told that my chain would be cut in the afternoon, but an hour before lockdown I checked and they'd already shut down for the day so I got neither chain nor rode. It was too late to order dinner ashore so I used some of my prepared Bolognese sauce with some pasta for dinner. I wanted to eat the breadfruit but it was too much work to prepare at short notice so I'll do that tomorrow.

Anchor Chain Markings
Length Color
50 feet

white

-

green

-

white

100 feet

white

-

green

-

green

-

white

150 feet

white

-

green

-

yellow

-

white

200 feet

white

-

yellow

-

yellow

-

white

250 feet

white

-

yellow

-

red

-

white

300 feet

white

-

red

-

red

-

white

The white links before and after the marking colors are there as attention marks and I will also mark a couple of links in white every 10 feet while I'm at it. I still have to figure out how many links need to be marked with each color but I think that 5 should be sufficient.
I was so busy with work inside and cleaning out the anchor locker that I completely forgot to take pictures, I only have some of the 4th varnish layer results.


Tabletop lid getting glossy I can't get used to the "wet" look despite the varnish having already dried for 2 days!
(2021-09-10 17:50:06 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/15s] ISO 64)
Tabletop lid getting glossy
Removing my old rusty chain He was certain that the cart could take the weight of all that chain but I wasn't so sure...
(2021-09-10 11:05:09 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 64)
Removing my old rusty chain
chain locker almost clean The anchor locker is now as clean as I am willing to make it. The remaining stains will be hidden by the rode and anchor chain and I'll raise it up so that it doesn't sit in the standing water
(2021-09-10 11:05:32 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 64)
chain locker almost clean
Removing my old rusty chain Two dockworkers pullung my old chain onto the cart. It actually held the weight but I'm sure it was loaded way past its design limits.
(2021-09-10 11:06:01 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Removing my old rusty chain
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