Recently, the boat’s been a fortunate recepient of good gifts. My friend dug a bell out of his garage and offered it to me. Till now, I’ve been staying Coast Guard compliant with what I think is a pretty fancy whistle,
but, how could I turn down a solidly built bronze bell? It took all of 15 minutes to install, then I went online to make a bellrope and came across this on frayedknotarts.com
“The bellrope is a necessary ancillary to the ship’s bell, long considered the ‘heart’ of a ship……
The bell-rope is a symbol of the Pride in the ship taken by the crew… battleships and other major vessels will usually have the fanciest bell-ropes, often the product of several hundred hours of labour by one or more expert knotters. The more detail and embellishments, the more respect it engenders.”
Well, two hours of bellrope embellishments later…..
OK, definitely not a chosen profession, but it does work!
Then today, a friend came by and presented me with a be-lated Christmas present. Lo and behold! A brass barometer!
Mine had broken a while back, so this one definitely didn’t sit in the box long. Another 15 minute install. Now I have a thermometer/hygrometer, a barometer and a clock all of different makes with different fonts for the faces, making for a rather eclectic display.
Then a while back, came the presentation of an antique Persian prayer mat “for the boat”. I didn’t think Persian rugs and salty boats were compatible, but this one was a perfect fit.
Now the boat is filled with warm and happy reminders wherever I look.
Last, is a gift from me to the boat. I finally figured out what one of the loose wires was for, and yes, another 15 minutes later, I had my steaming light!
Boat maintenance rarely goes this swimmingly for me, but I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts.