Now that the haematoma are slowly going down and away I thought I had one more doctor visit for a final checkup and for my tetanus booster shot but last night I woke up at 3am and had a bad pain in my second-biggest toe. It felt very similar to when I'd broken it, and there was also some swelling at a joint. I don't recall having bumped into anything with that toe, so the source of the problem is a mystery to me (unless I've taken up sleepwalking recently) but it felt like bad joint sprain or break so I acted as if it were and bound the toe to its next smaller neighbour and tried to sleep, but the ache had now changed to a positive painful experience and I could count my pulse to the throbbing of the joint so I took off the bandaging and it felt quite a bit better and I fell back asleep. Today the swelling is there, just like a break, and I'm walking carefully and limping but really hope that it will go away quickly!
After the morning VHF network I sat at the navigation station with a cup of coffee in my hand and stared at the galley, hoping beyond hope that a batch of bread would make itself without my intervention or assistance, but nothing was moving in the galley so I decided to wait until 10AM and go to Max's Place for a crêpe and a coffee while connecting to the internet. I worked on the PC checking on how to make the cable for the refrigerations system but, of course, some information was missing and I needed to connect to the internet, so around 11AM I dinghied ashore. After a lengthy session on the net and a tasty crêpe with an espresso I made it back between showers and decided to finally finish the anchor-ball system with a custom made soft shackle on a thin Dyneema line. Some of the steps in the process shown in the pictures below.
By now I was feeling really peckish and it was 15:30 so I made a batch of bread dough and the second prove is rising as I write this. This time I managed to make bread without making a mess - practice makes perfect; now I just hope that the taste will better this time around as well. The generator is already on and charging the batteries and making water, and in a couple of minutes I'll preheat the oven and make a nice batch of fresh bread just in time for happy hour, I'll combine real bread with liquid bread (a Presidente beer) for sundowners and then head ashore for some dinner after dark. I think I'm in the mood for pizza but the LoLos still retain their attraction. I will have to see if I can find a store that is open in order to get butter, since my supplies are going to be gone after this batch of bread; and my emergency supply of New Zealand butter that needs no refrigeration isn't going to be used for this non emergency provisioning problem.
I've now filled up the dive tank from yesterday, taken a shower and the bread is almost finished baking. The watermaker is on its flush cycle and the batteries are only being charged with 40A so the generator is about to get shut off as well. It is 17:30 and that gives me about a half hour before the sun sets which is just about the correct amount of time for the bread to cool down. Perfect timing!
I made the bread with about 75% of the old white flour and opened up my second bag of flour, stone-ground wheat and this mix ended up making some awesome bread, by far the best I've made so far! It is hard to stop eating the fresh bread since I do wish to go ashore for dinner today!

Making a Soft Shackle - Raw Dyneema line The process begins with the raw 12-strand braided SK75 Dyneema line. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:08:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Raw Dyneema line
Making a Soft Shackle - Making the Eye The first step is to use a fid or other splicing tool to penetrate the core, leaving enough line at the bitter end for the two crown knots. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:13:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Making the Eye
Making a Soft Shackle - Eye created Here the working end was pulled through and an eye formed that is just big enough for the diameter of the line so that both inner and outer sheath carry the load evenly. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:18:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Eye created
Making a Soft Shackle - Crown Knots made Here the two crown knots have been made close to each other, and a third temporary knot is in place so that the line can be pulled tight on a winch. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:46:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Crown Knots made
Making a Soft Shackle - Attach line The line that comes from the soft shackle is being spliced between the two crown knots here; using a Brummel splice. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:58:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Attach line
Making a Soft Shackle - Brummel Splice The second part of the Brummel Splice is being prepared, where the working end is pulled into the bitter end. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 14:01:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Brummel Splice
Making a Soft Shackle - Thinning the line This step is very important to distribute the forces evenly. The inner part of the Brummel splice line is thinned out by removing strands alternately from the left and right sides. These removed strands are then cut so that the inner line tapers smoothly. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 14:06:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Thinning the line
Making a Soft Shackle - Tapered inner line The inner part of the Brummel splice has now been tapered and thinned and is ready to milked into the outer strand. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 14:08:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Tapered inner line
Making a Soft Shackle - Crown Knot fixed The Brummel splice is finished and the outside Crown Knot has 2 lines, which have know been spliced into each other. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 14:45:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Crown Knot fixed
Making a Soft Shackle - Threading the anchor ball The Dyneema line has been threaded through the black ball day shape denoting that the ship is at anchor.This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 16:14:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Threading the anchor ball
Wichard shackle boom holder I spliced this line together in order to hold the boom tight (to the side) so that it doesn't move around in rolly anchorages. This end is a quick release with a Wichard shackle and the other is a simpler climbing spring-loaded shackle.
(2014-02-08 16:15:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Wichard shackle boom holder
Boom holding line This homemade line pulls the boom over to one side and put it under tension so that it doesn't move back and forth at anchor. The closer end is a quick release mechanism on a stay and the other is a normal shackle.
(2014-02-08 16:15:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Boom holding line
Making a Soft Shackle - Deck Attachment The completed soft shackle in action. The long tail will, once the soft shackle has had time to settle, be cut off close to the Crown Knot and melted together. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 16:14:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Deck Attachment
Making a Soft Shackle - Closeup The forces on the soft shackle are distributed evenly between the two Crown Knots. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 16:14:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Closeup
Making a Soft Shackle - Extreme Closeup Even closer up than the previous picture. The upward pull of the line is spread between the two crown knots to make an even pull on the soft shackle. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 16:14:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Extreme Closeup
Making a Soft Shackle - In use The completed soft shackle in action. The long tail will, once the soft shackle has had time to settle, be cut off close to the Crown Knot and melted together. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 16:15:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - In use
My best bread to date rising A loaf of my best bread to date rising prior to being placed into the oven.
(2014-02-08 17:01:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
My best bread to date rising
My best bread to date baked A loaf of my best bread to date fresh from the oven and about to be tossed from the form for cooling.
(2014-02-08 17:34:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
My best bread to date baked
Chrome effect sunset Chrome effect sunset
(2014-02-08 18:05:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Chrome effect sunset
Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline
(2014-02-08 19:39:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 3/1s] ISO 400)
Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline
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