13 March 2009 | La Cruz
Living on a boat sometimes requires the abililty to improvise solutions to problems. West Marine and Home Depot are rarely close enough to help. Case in point. We forgot to turn off the watermaker before coming back into the marina. We got settled back in our slip after a nice sail and quickly sucked up some seaweed into the watermaker inlet. The watermaker pump started squealing and we quickly turned it off to investigate. After finding a veritable seaweed salad in the sea strainer, we also noticed that the screen had fallen apart. No Problemo! Rina gets out her heavy duty sewing kit and proceeds to sew the screen back together. Meanwhile I go diving under the boat to figure out if I have more seaweed stuck in the thru-hull. Diving in the murky water of the marina is a challenge, and I have to feel my way to the thru-hull, cutting up my hands on the many barnacles that have grown onto the bottom. I fortunately find no blockage, and after showering the muck off, start pulling hoses apart to find the problem. Remember our encounter with a little fish? This time no fish but lots of seaweed stuck in the 90 degree elbows of the intake. After 30 minutes of coaxing the green stuff out of the plumbing, we finally restore good waterflow.