Down to the wire
12 December 2017 | Cocoa, FL
Sunny, almost warm, windy
Well, I didn’t freeze last night, but I also didn’t go ashore today. The wind was gusting in the mid to upper 20s, so I was afraid to leave the boat in case it started dragging. The anchor held, I just have to get comfortable with that. I only saw one person here leave their boat. So far the dinghy motors I have seen here are like mine, or worse. One guy is rowing. One motor looks like it is electric. I saw someone from across the way going my speed. So my small motor is not unique.
I went back to my deck wash issue. The switch itself is very different from all the other switches and hard to get to because it does not stick out as far as every other switch. There also does not seem to be any voltage to it. As usual, the wiring is a mess. The left side of the column of switches has red wires running down the negative side. For a boat of this vintage, the negative wires should be black and the positive should be red. This column uses red for both positive and negative. Except for the deck wash switch, which uses speaker wire for the positive. The last time I ran the deck wash, I ran it for a few minutes. Now the speaker wire looks a little burned. This project just got a lot bigger.
It warmed up today, but tomorrow will be chilly again before the warmth returns (it will return, right?). Only two more nights in the low forties. What part of Florida - Bahamas - Caribbean was supposed to tell me to expect nights this cold? Pat gave me a very nice, warm blanket last Christmas to go with the comforter on the boat. I cleverly took the blanket off the boat as unnecessary. Then in St Augustine I realized that might be a mistake, so I bought another blanket at West Marine - on sale. Not the best way to show my appreciation for her gift.