Charlie made a two week trip to the boat to do some work on TARDIS over Labor Day. It's great to be able to take your time without the pressure of a launch date.
2017 had pressure from a different source however. During the drive to FL hurricane Harvey bore down on TX. And right after that a new tropical depression was forming which later became hurricane Irma. It's a long painful process to be at the boat wondering what path the storm will take. As it turned out TARDIS was dead in line with all the projections for a "5". Lucky for TARDIS, not so lucky for others, Irma took a turn inland and none of the 290 boats in storage had damage. Charlie left on Wednesday, a few days before the storm arrived having prepped the boat as best as possible.
Top on the list was installing new refrigeration, a solar panel with hot water radiator, motor maintenance and a wax job. All got done except the motor work was incomplete.
Project 1: Refrigeration
was purchased from CRUISE RO
from California. We got new compressor with a cold plate. We met Rich Boren, the owner, at the Annapolis Boat Show and liked what they had to offer. Next up from Cruise RO is their water maker next summer.
The installation went without incident following their directions. Charlie never had to call for help either. Had a small issue with corrosion at the electrical panel that was easily corrected and had a cold beer out of the box the next morning!
Project 2: Solar Panel purchased from Custom Marine Products
out of Michigan. Charlie was studying solar for the past year and happened upon their website. After a phone call and thinking about it, it seemed like the right people to do business with. The order was placed for a 160w Solar Panel with a Radiator and 12v water circulation pump for hot water. Tom Trimmer, the owner, was very helpful and explained everything thoroughly. What's interesting is that Tom is a member of Duncan Bay Boat Club in Cheboygan, MI where our friend's Gozzard is. Charlie saw the installation and didn't realize it at the time
The installation went as planned. Never had to call Tom either as their directions were straight forward. The plumbing was the most difficult part due to the location of the water heater.
The very next day Charlie had a COLD beer with his HOT cockpit shower thanks to Cruise RO and Custome Marine Products!
Project 3: Wax boat. Charlie didn't have to buy anything or call anyone for advice. So this project was free. A shoulder massage would have been nice but a COLD beer from the boat fridge worked just fine.
A bunch of other little things were accomplished as well. It was tough work in 100 degree heat and sleeping on the boat. Fans help
Any trip to the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area of FL would not be complete without a visit with the BUCK family. Charlie got to spend the weekend at their condo. Unfortunately cousin Gail had a very scary health issue. It turned out OK for now and Charlie was glad he was there at the time.
TARDIS was left ready to defend for herself. This photo was taken the day Charlie headed north.