One harbinger of spring is the emergence of turtles through their long torpor and into the light once again. Today I ran into this chap, a Blanding's Turtle which is actually considered endangered in New Hampshire. They don't mate until their late teens, and they can live to around 80. Anyway, I moved this guy for a photo-op only to later find out they're endangered in NH, so I feel like an ass, but I treated him gently and placed him back right back where I found him. Actually, this could be a her, I should find out. Handsome, regardless:
So next up, I have to figure out the rudder hardware problem. This is worthy of another post. I cannot, for the life of me, get my rudder hardware figured out, and it's beginning to piss me off. By hardware I mean what attaches the rudder stock to the transom. Some gudgeons are too small, others are too big, I'm going nuts. Also, I have to figure out what to do with my daggerboard trunk. It needs to be, literally 1mm wider, and I don't know how to do that. A lot of glue, maybe? when I glue it together? These are two items that are holding me up. Also, I have to epxoy coat the inside of the boat, with nice weather finally on its way, there shouldn't be a hold-up. I really want the hull ready for paint when and if I get some time off from work to come back home. If I'm home for 24 hours, I want to be able to get mucho stuff done. So that is what I'm staging for right now.