Chuck's latest adventure is...well, I'lll just let you read about it for yourselves. First, some reality check weather facts, then the adventure.
Ahoy Crew! Ahoy!
[I looked up the weather forecast for this area, check it out, it's pretty crazy!]
Historically The Marshall Islands, 7 degrees North of the Equator, have relatively few Tropical Storms but the area is a breeding ground for the suckers before they head west to wreak havoc on the rest of Micronesia, Palau Guam, The Philippines and Japan. However the water temperatures have been rising in the Marshalls every year and more Tropical Storms are now being predicted. With the average height of land in these atolls being only 10 feet above sea level (which is also rising) the storm damage will be devastating when it does happen. Food for thought... Where ya' gonna run???Fifteen hundred miles to the south of The Marshalls at about 15 degrees South of the Equator lies the beautiful island nation of Vanuatu. Vanuatu is only about 500 miles or so west of Fiji where I have spent a lot of time. My cruising plans for later this year include visiting Vanuatu its many mountainous islands.
Back to Europe and the Wolfhound Project... I've already told you guys about this project and sent a bunch of photos from when I was there for the month of October. Now I am back for a scheduled 3 months (which is the length of my visa) to work on the decks. I am 2 weeks into a 12 week stint and I think that it is going quite well. The boat is 120 feet long on deck and I am covering it with 3 inch wide wooden planks. Starting with the middle planks we are working outboard. Careful measurements by myself and the builders indicate that after said two weeks I am slightly off,looking from the bow to the stern, by 1 1/2 millimeters. That's the equivalent of about 1/20th of an inch! Not bloody much! You sure as shit can't see it. I am very pleased with progress thus far, to say the least! One and a half millimeters over 120 feet is nothing!! Cool!
It is still cold here in Holland. The ground has been covered with frost in the mornings as I ride my old bicycle in the pre dawn darkness the 5 kilometers to the boat shop. The trees still have not started to bud but the first flowers are starting to pop up.
Speaking of markets, very close to where I have my lodgings are located 3 grocery stores. All very good and each very different. One is a very high end Western European/Dutch Supermarket chain. Next to it is a fine market that specializes in Eastern European and Ukrainian foodstuffs. Nearby is a market that is strictly Turkish and Middle Eastern! What a selection of wonderful foods. Yes, I am getting fat again! Good thing that I work hard every day and ride the old bike, huh!
On that note, Crew, I will leave you to your duties...
Carry On and Press On Regardless!