And moments later one of his staff arrived at our boat laden with gifts. Most of which are illustrated in the above images. A huge box of oranges and lemons from the family orchard. A large jar of olives from the family trees. Freshly laid eggs. A selection of freshly picked herbs. Plus a shirt with the Amel logo on the front; Bill had admired this type shirt one day when Riza was wearing one. Riza remembered and gifted one to Bill today.
|Gifts from the Cadges family|
As a token of appreciation I baked a loaf of banana bread and asked Riza to share with his mom. I explained to him that Turkey has walnuts, pistachios and almonds; but this was made with pecans from our home state of Texas. I also tried to bake a lemon pie because Riza had once mentioned that he had heard of such a thing and would like to taste it someday. Unfortunately, it did not come out right -- more like lemon thick soup in a baked pie crust. I am our of American style corn starch and tried making this pie using the Turkish kind. Not the same thing...and did not set up nice and thick as the lemon filling should. Apologies to Riza; he will have to taste lemon pie some other time and place.
|One of my favorites!!|
|Backing plate for cockpit floor|
The gelcoat repairs were finished this afternoon. Stainless steel plates were added to the supports beneath the cockpit floor to spread the stress load. The cockpit floor raises for entry into the engine room and those supports were causing the floor to bulge upward in those 2 spots. We have heard this is a common problem on this model boat. The backing plates should solve that problem.
|New stainless plate to protect from anchor chain hitting|
|Stainless protector over rub rail|
for Med lazy lines
|New SS mounting post for GPS|
The plastic ones crack and
disintegrate from UV.
And, last but certainly not least, the new flares arrived and they carted away the expired ones for disposal.