Some Thing Work and Some Things Don’t
17 April 2011 | New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas
We did a few more chores today. Bud trimmed Fuzzy again and while he did that I took apart his one fishing reel that wasn’t working anymore. I found a gear inside with about 6 missing teeth all in a row. So that reel is dead unless a replacement gear is available. At least Fuzzy got his face and feet and front legs trimmed. We had the generator on (not much wind the last couple of days) so after Bud finished with Fuzzy I vacuumed. The boat always needs to be vacuumed, there is always sand that gets tracked down. Mostly on Fuzzy’s feet. We try to clean his feet before he gets in the dinghy for the ride back from the beach. He stands on a towel in the dinghy until I pick him up, that also takes off some of the sand. But it’s never all off, so a little gets in the salon, and that adds up pretty quickly.
We decided to hook the mechanical autopilot back up. We did that for two reasons; first, on these short island hops we could really use it to run the boat while we put sails up and down. That would probably be more help than steering the few hours between waypoints. Second, we want to try the Monitor again with the autopilot hooked up. We’re hoping that with the control ropes tight enough Sven can handle the wheel even with the extra drag of the autopilot.
In the afternoon Bud finished hooking up the hookah and tried using it. Once he adjusted the engine speed of the little Honda that runs the compressor it worked pretty well. He took a wire brush and scraper and cleaned the algae beards off the metal parts under the boat. He cleaned most of the seacocks, the shaft and propeller, the zincs and the bronze grounding plates. I forgot to take a picture of Bud using the hookah, so I took this one it lashed to the aft deck, which is where it will live from now on.
I was hopeful that cleaning the grounding plates would enable me to use Sailmail again, but I still couldn’t transmit. I’m going to need help figuring this one out. I was doing so well, and suddenly I can’t transmit at all. So no posts until I find Internet again.