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sailing and diving around the world
Many of you may already know about frosted windows, from a spray can, but I thought I'd post about in anyway. Really cool product. Rather than putting up blinds or curtain over your port windows, there is a semi-transparent paint that you can buy, and spray directly on the pane of glass. It allows sunlight through, but you can't see through it. It looks great, with it's frosted effect. You simply clean the glass really well. Prep it somehow, to avoid spraying your walls. In my case, I used a product that has plastic film, attached to tape. Then spray in a continuous motion, giving it a light coat. It will go on clear. Make sure it is a really light coat. It will be hard to tell, on the first spraying, how much you've applied, but don't worry about, the second coat will complete it. Allow the first coat to dry, about ten minutes. You can look at the glass to see how much coverage you achieved, and then, if necessary, concentrate on the areas where you were thin on the first spraying. Again, even on the second coat, spray in a steady, continuous motion. Even if you're still thin in certain areas, after the second coat, you can still give it a third, light spray. Each time you re-apply the paint, it will become clear, with a wet look. Make sure to allow it to dry between coats! :)
The other thing i wanted to mention was a product from AGS, which is a dielectric silicone gel. In the pictures, you can see Dan applying it to the inside of the shore power connector. It's designed to function as a non-conductive lubricant. This product is not meant to be used on the contacts, for the purposes of enhancing electron flow. There are conductive gels designed for that purpose, however, and AGS also makes them. By the way, AGS is one of the leaders in the industry for these kinds of products.
Another haul out for you guys. Not much was going on with this one, though. We only needed to get her out of the water long enough to replace the transducer, the electronic device that allows us to know how deep the water is below the boat. The haul out was done by the guys at Washburn Boatyard, and, because changing a transducer doesn't normally take long, they simply left Namaste on the lift while the work was done. As soon as the transducer was installed, I gave it a couple of coats of bottom paint, and we were back in the water.
Funny thing happened with geese. These two stick together all the time. One of them seems to have damaged it's wings somehow, because they seem to stick out in that fixed position, permanently. Anyway, I was sitting at picnic table, and this two-goose phalanx started to muscle me. They were doing their low, warning throat sounds as they approached, moving their long necks up and down. I didn't move, and they didn't expect that, I guess. They stood looking at me for a moment, and I guess one of them honked to the other, "I guess I expected something different." One beat a sheepish retreat, and the other stood looking at me, for the longest time, before it also sauntered away.
There are videos of the haul-out coming. There isn't enough signal strength to upload them here in the boatyard marina, so I'll pop over to April's place, Hidden Harbor, and upload them there.