Relaxing in Bahia Santa Maria
03 November 2008
There was a strong wind the entire night, which kept it cool. We all slept well at anchor in Bahia Santa Maria. This is a small bay adjacent to the much larger Bahia de Magdalena (Mag Bay).
The rest of the crew got to relax while I got caught up on some projects.
One, the watermaker had an alarm go off. Checking the manual, the alarm was related to a flowmeter being clogged. I disconnected the flowmeter and cleared the clog. The watermaker is now back in operation. We made about 20 gallons of water today.
Two, it was time to check the engine oil. It appears that the crankcase oil level has not gone down since we left Turtle Bay. This is a good thing. If the engine is burning oil, it is not at an alarming rate.
Three, I repaired the lifelines. One cotter ring had come off taking a clevis pin with it. In the process I turned the bow lifelines around so that the turnbuckles are aft, not forward. This way the sail doesn't get ripped to shreds on the turnbuckle cotter rings.
Four, I installed a snap shackle on the preventer line. This will make it easier to remove.
Five, I replaced the forward head with a new one we bought in San Diego. The new one has the safety feature of a positive shutoff preventing backflow into the toilet form the holding tank. This happened to us a few times when the holding tank was too full. The new one will prevent that from happening.
I think that's enough projects for the day and will try to relax and have fun now.