Dear Dylan, Part 3

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MEET FREDDY, FREDDY’S A CHARACTER...

Freddy owns an antique shop in Bormla and sold us a bunch of brass bowls, bells and other assorted shapes from which we made LED light housings. Along with the brass, the three of us decided that we were sparkies for a week or so and wired up the whole boat. All of a sudden, Starlight was lit! 

KEW AND BRIO ARRIVE BACK ONBOARD

After both having 6 Months or more to hit the high seas on a boat that actually paid them, Kew and Brio were back in town. Armed with a fresh enthusiasm, the boys where straight into it. 

SCURVY RUNS RIFE ON BOARD STARLIGHT...

After arriving from the Caribbean, Kew passed on a strain of airborn zekka to the rest of the crew. It wiped us out so we fought it the only way we knew possible, raw garlic sandwiches and hot lemon and rum shots. We scared the ‘scurvy’ off along with anyone else who wanted to talk to us. 

PORTHOLES AND WET BEDS.

Guess we should replace the port holes?

Guess we should replace the port holes?

When you wake in the morning thinking that you’ve pissed the bed, it might be worth having a look at re-sealing the portholes. Some of the portholes were actually cracked and we needed to replace the glass along with the rubber seals. A pretty important job considering we will be sailing the high seas in a few weeks. With all the brass threads seized tight, this was a job for Charlie and his oxy torch. After an hour or so with Charlie, the old glass was out and the new stuff in. That night, it was dry beds throughout Starlight... #TheDryWayHome

A BELLY FULL OF BALLAST

Loves the shaft

Loves the shaft

After looking like she was doing a wheely for the last few months, Starlight is back on an even keel with 2 tons of the finest ballast cut and placed in her belly. It took over a week of cutting on the De-Walt chopsaw grinder to fill her hungry goblet. We used old propeller shafts that had been condemned to the ship yard for scrap. The shafts, primarily composed of Nickel and Copper (Monal Alloy), are extremely dense (heavy) as well as being highly resistant to corrosion. My back is now cactus, however, Starlights‘ ballast may well be worth more than the ship itself. 

THE RASTA CABIN

When Brio arrived to lend a hand for the second time, the three of us agreed he needed his own digs. The foul weather berth was the only one left and Brio said he had plans to renovate... Turns out, Brio might actually have found his calling as an interior designer. The “Rasta” cabin was born. And to the astonishment of his fellow onlooking seaman, Brio splashed his “Caribbean Butter” around the cabin and turned the once stormy, somewhat unpleasant berth into a Jamaican oasis. He also has dreams of a porthole to sniff the fresh salt breeze, this we are sure will happen in good time. So, once again Brio, we thank you for your helping hands. Starlight loves you almost as much as you love Brazil. 

MERCHANDISE

Mood ring modelling 

Mood ring modelling 

All within a few days of each other, Starlight it seems has its own new range of Merchandise sample arrivals. Out of the blue, a bunch of mystery mood rings arrived on Starlights door step to which we had no idea the sender. Finally Kew owned up to it revealing his plans for an online merchandise store. “Mood rings are becoming trendy again” he assured us to which none of us could argue. Accompanying the mood ring was a selection of personalised stubby holders with names of Starlight crew and many of her closest friends. Cheers Toothy for the gesture, you’re vision of a star lit rum bar named ‘Toothy’s Rum Bar” is inching closer and closer to a reality.

Not to be out done, Brio delivered his much anticipated ‘Sun Riders Patches’. We’re yet to lock in the requirements to become “patched in”, however, we’re sure this is one piece of merchandise that has to be earned. Along with the Patches, Brio also managed to land Starlight and her crew with a clothing and apparel sponsor from Billabong. A duffle bag full of clothes was placed on the floor and a dog-eat-dog battle for the coolest threads ensued. With most of the garments size L, somehow Mick’s wardrobe still ended up with the most gear? 

MDINA GP

Winners are 'Grinners' 

Winners are 'Grinners' 

With a good crew in town to show him support, Mick was ready to race. A no show at scrutinizing, leaving a break change and tyre change until the night before, not driving his race car for a whole year and finally misplacing his race helmet, Mick was as ready as ever. Joe, Carmel and Reve were part of the support crew as well. You might know Joe from a band called Grinspoon. He’s the bass player. Anyway, you can bet that, on the morning of the big race, just like the lyrics to Mick’s third favorite Grinspoon song, Mick looked himself in the mirror and said “So you wanna be a champion?” gave himself a nod and placed his once misplaced stack hat under his arm and made his was to the track. All in all, a successful day was enjoyed by Starlight’s Boi racer bringing home 1st in his class, a 1st for fastest lap time in his class and the second fastest overall lap time. 

THE JUNKY RIGGED RIGGER

The junky rigged rigger

The junky rigged rigger

We all have assigned roles on board Starlight... Kew’s is “Head of Rigging”. This came about due to his sailing knowledge. But don’t get me wrong, Kew will be the first one to tell you he’s no expert when it comes to rigging up a 1930’s motor/fishing/sailing/smack/gaff rigged ketch. However, he is a good sailor. So, naturally, he was the one to rig up the ol gal for her new and existing sails and he’s done a bloody good job. For someone who know’s sweet f@#k all about sailing (like me), to look up at all the ropes, stays and blocks (pulleys) would hurt your brain. We also used up all the blocks, bottle screws and shackles that Starlight had to offer, so tomorrow, its off to Gauci Border to spend another bunch of cash on things we hadn’t accounted for. But don’t worry, Kew’s got it all sussed, the sails are now in place and ready to be hoisted by the men upon the next fair wind. 

STARLIGHT MAKES HER OWN DRINKING WATER

Reverse osmosis. If you don’t know what it means, look it up. Starlight now has a “reverse osmosis machine”, more commonly known as a water maker. We can now make our own fresh water on board and fill our water tank wherever and whenever we wish. Nicky helped us out with the installation and we couldn’t have done it without him. Nicky also gave us a hand with the new exhaust manifold, welding it up from scratch, but tthat'sanother story. So, from here on in, Starlight wont need bottled water, which means we can live for months on fish, rice, fresh water and surf. A fine investment.

SURFING

Surfing at rubbish tips rights

Surfing at rubbish tips rights

With one of the biggest swells to hit Malta in quite a while, we managed to score a few waves. At its peak, the waves reached over 5m and nowhere was holding the swell. After it peaked however,I scored some of the best waves I’d had in Malta at a place I only know as “Rubbish tips” with a couple of Maltese lads, Peppi and Matt. The locals where frothing and rightly so, there was no wind and a well-overhead swell. Mick sat this one out nursing a rogue hangover and was pretty off me when I returned home to tell the tale.

NEXT TIME ON DEAR DYLAN

Starlight leaves the embrace of Palumbo Shipyard for the first time in over a year, Charlie fixes a wartime relic and the lads find an alai in the form of the Queens Royal Navy.