Day ? in NJ
27 September 2008 | Atlantic Highlands
Had a very quiet night last night. I slept like a log. The water was very calm and the fog covered everything in a white blanket of moisture. I keep trying to take pictures of the boats in the fog, but have trouble focusing properly. Even though it's calm out, every time I go up top, I rock the boat ever sol slightly and it takes time for it to settle down again. There's a gull outside on the water, calling to someone and the sound of a fish breaking the water. The shroud lines are slapping the mast. Guess I shouldn't have gone up to try and take twilight pictures. Later... Need to check on whether Kyle has progressed from a tropical storm to a hurricane yet and see where the projections put it.
Went over to Lydia & Skips for coffee, muffins & coffee cake this morning. I cannot get over what generous spirited people they are. They don't seem to tire of our questions or my curiosity of their boat. Their kitty - Porchia - looks like a miniature version of Bubba. You know I had to scoop her up and pet her (I don't think they mined - at least I hope not). She was adorable. She has a perch above their V-Berth door and was looking down at me. It would have made a great picture. Then she started swatting at my hair from above LOL. I do miss my 2 cats. Porchia was good for the soul J Their boat - what a marvelous boat! Very well equipped for cruising and so well organized! There's room for working on things with work space! Literally! There's a wonderful workroom with shelves and drawers for storing things. Their lighting system of rope lights (yellow and red for preserving night vision as well as energy), power systems and monitoring systems - an envy, his nav-station/computer & wireless setup absolutely marvelous! They've done amazing stuff with their boat. It's definitely a self-sufficient home on the water! I also can't believe what a difference another 10 ft makes in a boat. I can see where you'd get 2 foot-I-tous or in my case - 10 foot-I-tous LOL. I could go on and on, but it really was delightful to be able to go through their boat and chat with them. I'm amazed at how much we have yet to learn about the cruising lifestyle and all we have yet to do.
Which brings me back to our problem at hand - the water pump. Skip had extra fittings that he gave us to use to fix the pump (so we never had to go into the hardware today). We spent the rest of the afternoon working on the pump, which led to another leak, which we fixed, but then when we put it all back together, the accumulator pump no longer has air. We could hear a hissing, sucking sound, and sure enough, the thing which started it all is full of water again. The good news is - we no longer are losing our fresh water from the water tank into the bilge! The other news - we need to put air back into the accumulator tank again.
The picture is Lydia and Skip (taken by his brother)