Blog Log 09/27/2012: posted by Mark

We moved on to the boat this week after five days of cleaning, scrubbing and disinfecting our boat.  Since the time it takes to update our blog has taken a backseat to the necessity of getting our boat ready to move on to, I thought it best to at least update you with our to do list until we get caught up.  There is a Columbus Day regatta in Miami we would like to sail our boat to next weekend, but before we go, we need to haul the boat back out of the water, have a leaking depth finder rebedded and two other thru-hulls replaced.

The thru-hull for the forward sink drain has a slight leak when you move the valve handle, but the real problem has been the head.  A leaking LectraSan unit was making a smell that just could not be ignored.  I removed the unit and the origin of our odors but now we need to replumb the head.  The thru-hull pump out for the holding tank had been capped off, and when I tried to open the valve to check it, the handle fell off in my hand.  This will be the second thru-hull that we need to replace, or, as I like to call it, thru-hull number 2.  There are many items on a boat you can live without, but the head isn’t one of them!

Lectra San job. Note Logan’s creative way to deal with the smell!

A few items we have addressed so far have been mounting new fire extinguishers, burning the ends of any frayed sheets, mounting a new winch handle holder, mapping out and checking all thru hulls, familiarizing ourselves with the battery system, attaching a waterproof boot over our shore power cable. Even hooking up our holding tank pump out required a trip to the hardware store.  We started replacing some of the lights on the boat with LEDs, had a canvas maker come out to measure for a new dodger and made bumper boards for our new liveaboard slip.

Logan, Cole and Christine mapping out the thru-hulls. This took a large part of the day and was the boys homeschool project.

Several other items on our ‘to do soon’ list include replacing a leaky hatch over the V berth, a trip up the mast to replace a couple of lights and attach a radar reflector. Attaching the anchor locker and windlass to the boat which would also be a good idea before a breaking wave addresses the issue for us.

Needless to say the list is long and the time is short.  The good news is, there are people to help; the only problem is they all require money for their services!  But that isn’t exactly true either because there have been so many people already that have helped us with advice and shared information that they acquired over years of boating experience that has been given at no cost to us and has been an invaluable resource as we head up the learning curve.  This is part of the attraction of sailing to us.  The challenges are not particularly easy but camaraderie between cruisers has been a great experience already and we haven’t even ventured beyond the intercostal waterway!

Christine at the helm for the first time on the intercostal waterway with our friend, Ross giving moral support. Logan is helping to watch for traffic.

Till next time,


7 thoughts on “Blog Log 09/27/2012: posted by Mark

  1. Christine – Love the pictures. It sounds like you are very busy, but enjoying every minute. Dave and I are thinking of you (of course Dave is jealous). Take Care
    Linda and Dave

    • Linda & Dave, I am sitting poolside right now with parrots flying overhead while the boys are swimming. Of course, this is the carrot dangling at the end of the long day of boat repairs. Today was reheating head hoses and double clamping them to get the leaks to stop (successful), installing new shelf bracket holders in the icebox, bleaching out the cabinet that held the leaking LectraSans, running a lead line to figure out our actual depth compared instrument depth, trying to find a variety of parts at stores for broken parts (proving difficult)… It is hot, sweaty days of work but a great learning experience and fun in its own way! ~Christine

  2. We miss you guys! Love the blog updates-keep them coming!! Sounds like you have made lots of progress. We are impressed with how much you have accomplished so quickly. We would probably be even more impressed if we knew what the heck a dodger, windlass and thru-hull were but we do know a bathroom is important!

    • Success on the head today after taking hoses off, using the heat gun on them and reattaching with double clamps! Now all we have to do is take it to the marina on Monday for Truansea’s second haul out and get the head thru-hull fixed (along with a couple others). Then the head will truly be ready for business! ~Christine

  3. Great photos. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone smiling while carrying a non-new ElectraSan. I think Logan has the right idea with the clamp on the noise. We use half and full face respirators for jobs like that. We also tossed the old ElectraSan and put the aft holding tank back on line.

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