We have been fortunate enough to have our friends Joe and Katharine from Bucket List here at the marina for the past week. They are right across the dock on their Hunter Passage 50, a gorgeous boat! We met them in the Bahamas last winter. They are great fun to spend time with, and Joe has mentioned on more than one occasion to me…..”you just ain’t right!” LOL….Some of you can probably relate to his comment.
I am waiting for some parts for Moorahme which I ordered from Defender.com to arrive, but that doesn’t mean that I have been sitting idle. I dropped the headsail and sent it off to the local sail loft for repairs. Some of the “wear” material at the sail “clew” has worn, and I wanted the sail gone over to ensure that it is in a good state of repair. For our non sailing friends, the “clew” is a metal ring on the lower corner of the sail. The clew is used to pull the sail out via the “sheets”, or ropes, which run down either side of the boat. This enables you to adjust your sail for the wind direction and wind speed. I also emptied our aft locker compartment, and prepped the large Spade anchor for pick up by a fellow sailor named West Sail Will. He was to pick it up this past weekend, but delays in the repairs to his boat have delayed his arrival in Brunswick. No big deal, the anchor will be here when he arrives. If you remember we have purchased and installed a Fortress FX-37 on Moorahme, and no longer require the Spade anchor. I have also scrubbed the topside decks, and installed some rain visors over four of our portlights.
These visors will allow us to have the port lights open when it is raining, and they offer some shade as well as they are tinted. Portlights, for our non sailing friends, are “windows” in the boat which can be opened, makes living in the boat much easier with fresh air blowing through.
Beth has been very busy down below, finding a new home for all of the gear which we brought down with us this trip, no easy task. I am very happy to see that we are still well above the water lines on the hull. The ample empty compartments are being filled one at a time, and the interior is shaping up nicely.
We did have one mishap last week….we overfilled the aft waste tank. What does that mean? It means we had some, I’ll call it minor leakage from our holding tank in the aft cabin. The holding tank, as most of you will know, holds whatever is pumped there from the head….or toilet. When you overfill this tank, you encounter some major issues….in our case there were no solids which escaped from the holding tank, but a rather messy accumulation of liquids. An ominous odor in the aft cabin, which just happens to be where we sleep, alerted Beth to the issue. Further investigation discovered the problem, and oh boy, it’s time to take action. I had to pump down the waste tank using a portable pump that we carry, and then begin the clean up down below, under our bed. Yes, the waste tanks are located under our aft cabin berth, and also under the vee berth. We hauled off the mattress and re-sealed the waste tank, the top fitting had been compromised. Re-sealing it eliminated any further o’flow issues, and then began the task of cleaning up the liquids which had come from the waste tank. Not a very nice task, but a lesson well learned. I will have to get the tank level monitor functional once again. One of the downfalls of having an electric pumping toilet is that you don’t feel the resistance in the pumping as the tank fills. Perhaps a conversion to a composting head down the road……..enough of this “shitty” talk, suffice it to say, that all is back to normal and Moorahme smells fine once again.
We had a very nice impromptu barbeque Saturday night. All of us who are on dock 8 got together and threw in some dishes to enjoy. Mixed with our favourite refreshments, we had a great time. I was nominated chef, and except for a barbeque, or grill as they are referred to here in the south, which had a little too much grease in it, did a bang up job. It is very hard to cook on a barbeque which is constantly flaring up due to the grease. Steaks, sausage, fresh shrimp, potatoes roasted with garlic, seasoning and bacon, potato salad….and the list goes on. We do eat well here on the dock! There were four boats occupied on our dock on the weekend, and we are now down to three since Joe and Katharine departed for home on Sunday. Dave and Paula on a Passport 47 beside us, and Bruce and Rhonda on a Manta 40 catamaran at the front of the dock are still here.
So, today we carry on with boat chores and upgrades. Until next time..
Keep your stick on the ice!