Back out of the Water

Friday, Bob and Annies will haul us out again in order to install all the new thu hulls. We have the freezer working but it’s kind of jury rigged until the repair guy orders the part we need. Not a big deal as we have not needed the freezer as of yet. Still trying to decide whether to buy a battery charger or not. The battery bank we have is a 600 amp hour bank which is a pretty good size bank. That means the charger is not the run of the mill charger like the ones at Walmart. We’re looking at over half a boat unit so I really want to make sure I need one.

The Honda generator is humming along nicely allowing us to use our laptops at our leisure while on the boat. The Alfa 1000 long range wireless usb adapter is pulling a nice strong signal from somewhere, so that means free internet! I do have the Verizon Jet Pack as a back up to access the internet so for now we’re good to go on communications. I’ll try to keep folks updated on how we’re staying connected in case other cruisers would like to know. I’ve been looking at the Alfa R36 which with the Alfa 1000 can be used as a router. Kinda like a poor man’s Wirie.

We’ll check into the Two Fish Inn Friday night because we can’t stay on the boat while she’s hauled. The place looks right out of Key West and they take pets! I’ll try to get pics of the haul out and post them later.

Until then here’s what 800 bucks worth of sea cocks look like!

 

Pine Island Views This Week

Finally got the laptop charged up, so as promised here are some pics of the surrounding areas from El Camino.Our street”

Looking back at El Camino, second Cat back.

Hotel Greeter at the Two Fish Inn.

We share the street with this guy.

Gidgette’s bed tucked away like she likes it.

Galley almost done – Notice we took out the setee typical of Lagoon 410’s. We like the new dance floor:)

 

Tomorrow, we await the refrigeration repairman to fix the freezer.  And, El Camino will receive the bath she so desparately needs.

 

 

 

 

I Might Use That One Day….

There’s never enough storage on a boat, unless of course you happen to own a mega yacht. Even though we sold, gave away and threw away tons of stuff, we still have too much. We’ve almost conquered the old adage ” I might use that one day”. I’d say we’re 80% there. On a catamaran you really have to watch your weight because too heavy effects sailing performance.

Right now it seems as if we’re playing musical chairs with the storage lockers and bins trying to find places for things. Oh, it doesn’t work here, well howabout there? Not there either. Ok just shove it in wherever. And you do just shove it wherever. Then the next day you’re looking for the thing a ma jig you need and can’t remember what locker you put it in. Now you get to go through all the lockers again. That’s why probably 30% of the stuff on the boat now will NOT be here in two months. Pare it down and keep it simple. So easy, yet so hard…

Found a great marine surplus store in Punta Gorda called Mariners Trading Company. Scored on acouple of folding bikes, some fenders, shore power adapter and other odds and ends. Michele found us a Honda generator with 35 hrs on it for 500 bucks!

I’ll have more pics up tomorrow when my laptop gets charged.

Also, welcome to all the new visitors to the blog!  Hope you enjoy it..

Not Written in Sand…..How About Invisible Ink??

Ok ,ok now I get it. Just throw the schedule away. 🙂  Everything was ready for departure this morning except the fact the port engine would not start. No problem, I’ll just grab a new starting battery and figure the problem out when we get to Fishermens Village. Before we left I decided to use the head. Somehow I managed to clog the head. If you’re not versed on marine heads just imagine a five gallon bucket with a Super Soaker attached to it. Not quite, but close enough. You do your business in the bucket (toilet) and then pump the Super Soaker ( pump handle) which pushes the uh, material, into a tank, or overboard if you’re three miles offshore. So there’s lots of hoses, clamps and valves all of which are hard to see and get to. Oh, and now the hoses are filled with the “material” because of the blockage. So, off comes the the first clamp and out comes the poop. No, I mean it literally. Poop everywhere, except in the bucket to catch the poop. Luckily it didn’t make it into the bilge. Nope, it was all in one big, brown poopy puddle under the floorboard.

You haven’t lived until you’ve had to take a sponge and a bucket and do the “sop and squeeze” in a puddle of sewage. I guess the only good thing is that it was my own… Yep, the cruiser life is so glamorous.

Before I took off the next hose I had to close a sea cock. A sea cock is a valve that can be opened and closed allowing seawater to enter the boat for various reasons. Such as allowing water in to flush the toilet. When you remove the hose from the sea cock you have to close the valve or water will enter the boat. Not good. I grab the handle to close the valve and the valve snaps off in my hand. Now, this is really not good because there is water coming in from the thru-hull on which the valve was attached. The broken valve is the big one with the red handle.There are also a couple of little sea cocks that don’t look so good. The purple rag is keeping the boat from sinking. Love that rag..Water coming in.. I’ll try to upload a video on Youtube and edit the post with the address.

Bottom line is we can’t get hauled back out until Friday. The boat has to be out of the water to fix the sea cocks. So we’ll just continue to organize the boat right here in St. James City.

Here’s the link to the video….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlqeMI7L7PI&feature=youtu.be