Postponement, but with a happy cause

My last entry (made some time ago now!) was upbeat and optimistic about getting back to work on Luna – and indeed I felt that way at the time. I did get a little done, stripping out the interior systems, prepping the cockpit for glasswork to patch up the remaining holes – but then we got sidetracked by house hunting, and now this entry is to state that the renovation project is on hold for at least a few months, possibly longer.

So that’s the bad news. On to some good news: we’ve bought a house in Chester, NS, which is practically the heart of sailing in Nova Scotia. Certainly the heart of sailing near Halifax, with Baddeck in the Bras D’Or Lakes possibly being able to make the same claim, but being too far away for me to commute the few days a week that I need to. The new house will need a new boat shed built, which is a nuisance, but other than that it’s much better suited to our lives, and will provide us with some much longed-for privacy as well as less of the violent weather at the coast (funny how that started out as exciting and has ended up seeming tiring). Happily there is a space at the new place ready-made for a boat shed – it’s a gravel path about 20’ wide and 120’ long that goes from the road we’re on angling over to our driveway. Depending on how priorities go (there are some house projects, like building a greenhouse, installing solar hot water panels, prepping Beth’s studio and my workshop, etc., which may take precedence, I haven’t decided) the boat shed construction will commence either this fall or next spring, and Luna’s renovation will resume at that point.

Here’s Luna in her shed, exposed for the first time with the doors open, already wrapped up for transport and storage until the new shed is built:

One last look at her in her now past home:

And ready for the road:

An empty shed!

In the meanwhile, since this delay would be intolerable otherwise, I’ve bought a smaller boat to keep me entertained – a Cygnus 20. The Cygnus is a Hinterholler design, related in some ways to the Shark, and is an open daysailor, 20’ long, and over 18’ on the waterline. She’s a ballasted keelboat and a planing hull, and evidently 15 knots downwind is not unheard of – and not surprising, with a SA/D ratio of 27! I bought her intending to launch her as is and go sailing, but as she sat in front of the boat shed for a few weeks while I was busy with other things I kept looking at her shabby hull and thinking that I couldn’t handle launching her as is, so I’ve started sanding off her layers of paint and will have her painted afresh later this week. I’m also replacing all her standing rigging which had become a hodge-podge over the years, and on a boat this small is pleasingly inexpensive.

Here’s some pictures of Stella, for the record. She looks tiny in the shed compared with Luna:

And because I like these views of the shed, here’s her two faces (one sanded and one not):

There are two coats of paint (one red, underneath, one awful one of white, on top) on top of red gelcoat. I think I like the red, and will paint her that later this week. I’ll put pictures here even though it’s Luna’s site – Stella is her little sister, after all, right?

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