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We are in our is our second week in Chichester. We enjoyed the change of scenery and all the work that we could get done at the workshop. Mads installed the companionway doors, and what an incredible difference it makes. The light that comes through brightens up the saloon and makes the entire space feel light and airy. We are still getting used to it and find ourselves peaking up at the companionway, thinking we've left the hatch open because of how much sun is pouring in. What a welcomed change it has been. Along with the companionway, Mads made all the last little pieces of trim for around Athena. I'm excited for the trim to go up because it will add some last little finishing touches around Athena.

While in Chichester, we wanted to get out and explore the area a bit. Our friends Darryl and Jan took us driving around one morning. We walked along the Roman Wall in Chichester City Center, drove through the countryside to Goodwood Castle and Racetrack, then rounded out the afternoon with lunch at The Crown and Anchor in Dell Quay. We also took some time off and went for a walk along Saltern's Way. The path runs 19 kilometers from Chichester City center. We walked a quaint little patch from the Marina to a small town called Itchenor. It was pretty muddy and a little overcast, but it was a welcomed respite from industrial city walks in Gosport.

Then, of course, I worked on the spice rack anti-rattle doohickey. When we originally designed the spice rack, we knew we would have to come up with a way to keep the bottle from clinking together while sailing. Our original idea was to cut little pieces of felt to stick between each bottle whenever we were sailing. I thought that would quickly become old, so I wanted to develop a more permanent solution. Thus, the invention of the anti-rattle doohickey. It's a somewhat fiddly sewing project but didn't take very long. I intended only to use it when we were sailing, but it fits so nicely and works so well I decided to leave it all the time. I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

We leave Chichester Monday morning and head back to Gosport. We are so glad we decided to come. James from JLA Joinery and his family made us feel incredibly welcomed, and it was nice to get to know another part of the country.

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JLA Joinery:

If you are in the the area and need some carpentry work done we highly recommend JLA Joinery. It's a family owned business and James is extremely knowledgable and talented with his work. You will not be disappointed :)

Removable Hinges:

These are the hinges we used. Unfortunately, it looks like they are unavailable but maybe they will restock

Felt or Spice Rack:

Spice Bottles:

Mads Tools:

Oscillating Multi-tool Tool

  • Find it on US Amazon:

  • Find it on UK Amazon:

Bosch Circular Hand Saw

Bosch 150 Turbo Sander:

Bosch Drill and Impact Driver:

Makita Jigsaw:

Bosch Router:

Camera Gear:

Sony A7C:

Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Lens:

Go Pro Hero 9:

Sony Z-V1:

Sony GP-VPT2BT Handgrip for Sony Z-V1:

Wireless Microphones:

Manfrotto 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod:


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