Wow, talk about each day being different then the next. Since we’ve been here, every day has brought something to the table that could either be a day of lazy napping or a day of mini crisis. A mini crisis such as Sunday when we left the boat for church. No big deal except the 20% chance of rain in the forecast. The 20% went to 100% real fast. Not a big issue really except for the fact that we knew we left the hatches open on the boat. How far open neither of us could remember. The last time we made that dumb mistake, every hatch was wide open and there was a deluge of rain. Needless to say, all the bedding in each cabin was soaked through. The only solution was to wring it all out as best as possible and hang everything out on the lifelines and any other line that would suffice. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies on the water. Yep, livin’ in paradise.
This time when we got back to the boat we discovered that I had closed all the hatches but didn’t dog them down except for ours. The result was our bed was dry and only a small amount of rain came in the other hatches. Day saved. It’s the little victories that add up!
Michele and I were discussing what was on the agenda the other day and I said I had some maintenance on the boat to do. She said, “more maintenance”? I told her that the boat was a complicated machine with many systems that lived and breathed. It was like a patient on the operating table, except once you finish one operation, you immediately start on the next one. If you don’t, well, nothing good happens. She said, ” you should put that in the blog”, so here it is in all its profoundness..:)
One of those systems is the freezer. It’s a Frigoboat model with a BD35 compressor and water cooling. This one system has been a thorn in my side since day one. Sometime last week the water pump on the freezer decided it had had enough and quit. Being that I just bought it in March, I was a little perturbed. The thing pumps one measly gallon a minute and costs 163 bucks. Yep, a little perturbed. The thing was, I didn’t know it had quit and the ramification of that was that the compressor will not shut off when the cooling water stops flowing. Go figure. The result of that is the constant drain on the batteries, another system by the way. I couldn’t figure out where all the amps were going. Now at least I know. The good thing is it’s still under warranty, I just have to ship it back to Annapolis.
Today has been a little busy for us as we had a post office run, a water run and one load of laundry to do. And of course this blog, which is at least a two hour commitment of time for each new post. That’s why I really appreciate those that take the time to read it. And I really enjoy the comments and questions. I would add one thing about the comments. When you leave a comment, please put your name in there somewhere. There is a blank space for it or just put it in the body of the comment. Otherwise, without a name, I have no way of knowing who left the comment. Ok? Thanks!
Some of the boats from the Christmas boat parade. I tried my best to get clear shots, but clear shots at night on a moving boat are not easy to come by…
Some of the wildlife we run across when we’re walking or biking..
Inside the captains lounge area here at Boot Key Harbor. Plenty of room relax..
The gathering at the SCCA mini gam. The topic was information on cruising to Cuba. We would love to cruise there before they build a McDonald’s…
Waiting out the rain on Sunday trying to get back to the boat…
Another beautiful cloud formation!