Keith Seiler, Eulalie’s fellow Windworks Instructor, put in his request to crew with us last summer. “If you go to Cuba and want crew, count me in,” he offered. As we headed north through the Caribbean Sea and our Cuba plans became firmer, Keith bought his ticket to Isla Mujeres, our departure point for our Caribbean capstone.
A licensed captain, Keith is by vocation and avocation a tinkerer. He grew up taking things a part and putting them back together, mentored along the way by folks who recognized his engineering potential. His professional tinkering has ranged from large construction equipment to intricate medical devices (his true passion). He even provided an alternative surgical strategy for an operation on his injured foot. The surgeon was wise enough to follow Keith’s recommended and less invasive approach.
While waiting for our weather window to Cuba, Keith helped with a number of known and newly discovered boat projects. He replaced rivets holding our shroud tang in place, fashioned panel lights for our propane gas switch, among others. His most entertaining feat, however, was fashioning a brace for our water pressure pump from a spatula handle. Through it all, he patiently mentored us so that Elizabeth Jean will benefit from his presence and our improved skills once he is contentedly back on his own Daniel K.
Keith detaching handle from spatula.
Spatula handle (left) next to intact water pressure pump brace.
Finished Seiler brace next to broken brace.
Spatula head and the pump brace formerly known as spatula handle.