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The winter weather, here in Madeira, has been a long and windy one. At the moment we are on the hard, doing all the small jobs that need done annually - cleaning seacocks, engine service etc., etc. We like to think that Red Ruth enjoys being out the water for a few weeks and getting a chance to 'relax' - no movement, not straining against lines or bashing against fenders and pontoons. Madeira Island is quite a damp place but we have been lucky that the interior of Red Ruth remains dry. Although, in saying that, it is amazing how a small spot of dirt suddenly develops into penicillan (otherwise known as 'mould/fungus'). A good clean down below for this season is definately one of our tasks whilst on the hard.
We won a prize last year of a bottle of stainless steel polish - this will be put to the test in the next week or two also, with all the above deck fittings being cleaned and polished (stantions etc). So far one the port side is done and it's looking good.
The engine has had its service - we found the cast iron plate which holds the oil filter onto the engine had broken. A new one has been made and fitted but we wonder if other Rustler owners have experienced this and does it have to be made of cast iron?
More soon - in the meantime - Fair Winds.