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Hurricane Kolibrie Part 2
01/17/2009, Velcro Beach, FL

Saturday, January 17, 2009

After coffee and French toast with sausage and juice this morning we decided to try our hand at feeding the sanitary hose under the bunk again.

One thing led to another and the rest of the day was spent trying to figure out how and where to mount the macerator pump, y-valve, and hosing. It looks like there may have been one at one time but there's only hints of it - a switch here and a switch there, both screwed to the off position. With most of the floorboards up, bathroom drawers and cupboards emptied, we went through various scenarios to see where we could fit everything. We have the sanitary hose fed through from the bathroom cabinet to the through-hull (hole with a shutoff valve) under our bunk and a good idea of where the y-valve (directing waste to the pump-out or pump "out") and macerator pump (chews up the waste into very small pieces before flushing it out) will go but now it's a matter of feeding more hose under the floorboards and fitting it to the existing hose and wiring up the macerator pump to that as well as the new hose, etc., etc., etc... In starting to hook up the hose to the thru hull Wayne noticed the thru hull pipe didn't have barbs on it (to help hold the hose on securely) so we'll have to replace that (another trip to West Marine) before hooking the hose up to it.

The way I'm feeling, I'm sure my body is going to look like a mack truck hit it. It's starting to feel bruised all over.

Vero (errrr Velcro Beach) Florida
01/16/2009, Vero Beach, FL

Friday, January 16, 2009

The winds were high today with the second of the cold fronts roaring across the states. I checked the weather back home - a high of 6 degrees with a wind chill in the negative 20s. A lot of people had snow/weather days today across the nation including my old school system (JPS). I am sooo not going to complain about our weather here with a high in the 60s and a low in the 40s. We'll just throw another blanket on the berth.

We went into town to the post office today to mail back the wrong chip for the chart plotter that was sent to us and to send back the water heater element to KISS.

I must say that I wasn't overly impressed with the amount of energy we generated with the KISS yesterday, and after hearing a knocking all night (metal on metal from the pole against the bimini supports?) I really wasn't enamored with it. But after watching it in action with the higher winds today - I'm impressed - to say the least. We didn't turn the generator on at all and our batteries are at 13.17 amps with my computer running too. Now if we could just figure out how to stop that knocking...

After we got back to the marina, we dingied over to the Riverside for a couple of their burgers then back to the boat to try and tackle feeding the sanitary hose down under the tub to the berth area etc... Interesting to be upside down for extended periods of time in the dark with a flashlight on the head trying to catch tubing, wire and rope to feed the pipe through it. Needless to say we ran out of time and patience too - so tomorrow is another day.

Windy days, windy nights?
01/15/2009, Vero Beach, Fl

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Well we finally have the wind generator up and running but it didn't do a lot - there wasn't a lot of wind so we didn't generate much power even with the 10-knot winds. After putting the bimini partially up and seeing where the back support strut in the back goes through it, I finally got up the nerve to put a hole in the bimini. Then we managed to get the strut undone (of course the wind decided to pick up as we were working on it) - only breaking one bolt (replaceable), wriggle the strut through it and get the bimini back up. So we now have sun protection in the cockpit again. It's amazing how slowly things go when we're working on them - or how fast the day goes by - so much so that it seems like the day is over right after it starts!

Made salmon burgers and salad for dinner and we read a little and watched some TV. The only station we can pick up is ABC and there's not much on it so we usually watch the news and then read some before retiring.

By the way the water heater energy exchange unit/heat dissipater won't work with our hot water tank and there isn't an adapter to be found for it. Out side of buying a new water heater to fit it, it won't work... so we'll have to mail the part back to KISS and get the other one that expends the heat into the air (the engine compartment - it looks like). We also ordered the chip for our chart plotter for the lower part of the Bahamas and Central America so we'll be waiting for more parts for another few days as well as working on the macerator.

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