The Wayfinder Build: Part 11 – The Home Stretch
In addition to giving you an update on the boat’s progress, I thought I’d show you what my typical day is like here in St. Francis Bay, South Africa.
It starts when I wake up to this. It’s the view from my bed at Sands Resort in St. Francis Bay. The service here is remarkable. Hot water bottles in the bed at night, a wonderful staff, and a view to die for.
The first thing I do every morning is my Five Tibetans. My favorite spot is down on this landing, with the waves crashing beneath me and the sun rising right between the railings. Glorious.
This is the spread that awaits me upstairs for breakfast. Yogurt, fruit, cheese, lemon water, and some meats. Delicious. They cook a hot breakfast to order as well, but I’ve never had room.
Alistair is the magician making WAYFINDER’S hull so pretty. He also did the custom paintjob on the paddleboards.
This is one of the paddleboards he painted for me. When the surf lies down, I can walk it right out of my room, down the steps, and into the sea.
I was so impressed with the care Alistair puts into every piece of tape and every coat of paint. This is a true artist who just does commercial work to pay the bills. When he isn’t airbrushing a motorcycle tank, he’s hitting the surf. The guy is amazing.
The finished product. Logo designed by my cover artist, M.S. Corley.
The unveiling of the Mark 2 designation.
The finished logo. LOVE it!
The trampolines going on!
And they’re on! So comfy. Love these tramps.
The mast arrived from Cape Town. The yard built the special rig used to haul the masts the seven hours down the road. There was a scare on the way back this time. A drive heading the opposite direction in a rig fell asleep and swerved into the other lane. The van hauling the mast and genset had to pass on the wrong side of the road! (Which, for most people reading this, was, in fact, the right side of the road!)
The genset going in.
The electrical work is so damn tidy. I love it.
We spent a lot of our day today working on this new davit system. Which had better work, dammit!
Here’s the slip where they’ll launch the boat in a couple weeks.
After I leave the yard, I head to the harbor to have dinner at my friend Mauro’s restaurant. This is a view from his flat. That’s a TAG 60 in the background. WAYFINDER will go into the slip just to the right of it. That’ll be my home in a couple weeks.
Mauro is a scammer. You go to his restaurant, and he makes you cook! Last time, he made me cook my own pizza. This time, it’s Belgian waffles. This was my first time cooking with a scale and doing it in grams. I loved how that worked. I’m hooked.
The view the other direction. Check out the beacon!
Then I wake up. And it’s another beautiful day in South Africa. Time to go to the boat yard and see how the boat is coming along!