Saturday, 18 February 2012

reality check

I'm typing this on our first sunny morning in a while. The theme of the past weeks has been mostly overcast. Sun is good. Our solar panel definitely thinks so: Getting only 20% of the daily charge we can expect on sunny days makes it tough to keep up with our power demands... First things first: Hello Mr. Sun! Please stay a while.

We intended on leaving Tenacatita yesterday, it seemed doable according to one forecast. Another cruiser in the anchorage had a conflicting forecast from another of our regularly consulted sources. We like to figure out for ourselves what we think is reasonable. That is why we pointed our bow out of the bay to see what was what. The wind was indeed on the nose, (of course, we were not surprised). It was blowing at a good 20 knots, accompanied by biggish seas. Beating in contrary seas?  We decided that this was, after all, a good day to stay put.

We didn't return to the north shore. We anchored next to what I call the Ghost Town. This is a fairly big bay; the north shore is 45 minutes away. We had a lot of boat jobs to do and there was no one else anchored here. That meant fewer distractions. Being near the entrance to the bay, all we will have to do, is go around the point to head north.

Yesterday went something like this: 

  • Engine: Oil changed, belts checked, raw water pump impeller replaced, engine wiped down. – Kyra with Rick's assistance 
  • Dodger (the "windshield"):  Repaired zipper. Sewed it back onto dodger by hand – Started by Rick, finished by Kyra
  • Galley sink: Replaced drain in right sink, tried to adjust the odd fit (that's what happens when you use mismatched recycled drains), accidentally broke left drain. Couldn`t find PVC Glue, (it’s not marked in our database, sigh). Plan C: Blocked drain and put tub in sink until we can buy new drain. Ugh. (Thank goodness we have a double sink.) – Rick, with Kyra's help
  • Unpleasant discovery: Sludge in bottom of port cockpit locker: An unidentified product leaked everywhere; Emptied 2 cockpit lockers and foot-well locker. Managed not to cry. Wiped up the mess and commenced putting things back, except rusty cans of paint/varnish, etc. – Kyra (with Rick's help in the end)
  • Stuffing box: It is decided that it can wait until the next day. (The stuffing box is a shaft seal that keeps the ocean on the outside of the prop shaft. Ours needs a slight adjustment.) – Rick
  • Resulting large pile of... crap: We put bits and pieces away while wearing headlamps; it was dark by then. – Rick and Kyra
In short, we: Stowed the boat, went bobbing in big waves for a while, anchored, and worked on boat jobs.

Statistically, it looks like this:

Fights: 2
Back rubs: 4
Offers of food: 2
Broken drains: 2
New drains: 1
Spills: 1
Emptied lockers: 4
Sewing injuries: 0 (A new record!)
New oil: 3L
New impeller: 1
Theoretical days late in our journey: 2 (Cruisers motto: Schedules are merely suggestions.)
Cans of cold beer: 4

Sometimes, seeing the back end of a day, is all you need.
Well, that and a cold beer

1 comment:

  1. haha..I like your statistics. Your post made me laugh.

    Glad you got alot accomplished..I long to be out there at sea.



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