Mechanic on duty
05 April 2008 | Cocoa, FL
November 9, 2007 Friday Cocoa, FL
Today we head to shore so Kelly can paint some new engine parts. The main engine heat exchanger has failed and is mixing seawater with the coolant. We decided to replace the transmission oil cooler at this time too before it fails. We head to a playground that is near where we tie the dinghy. The girls have fun on the playground. They create an obstacle course through the climbing structure, and then they race against each other. They then make me go through each course. This structure is definitely designed for kids and not adults. Meanwhile Kelly is spray painting the parts by the shoreline using the seawall to block the wind. While Kelly waits for the paint to dry he heads to the hardware store for a few more items. When he comes back the paint is dry enough to move the parts back out to the boat where they bake in the sun.
While Kelly shuttles the parts back to the boat, the girls and I head to the Central Broward Library. This is a very large library. We find the computer area and all of us are allowed to go online. I get through my emails and bills while the girls check their email and play games online. When Kelly catches up with us, he goes online for a little while. The time spent logged on the computers is monitored and our time is up due to due to a list of people waiting to use the computers. So we log off the computers and check out children's section and wait for Kelly to finish his emails.
We all are ready to leave the library at 5:45 PM. We still need to find the Napa Auto Parts store which closes at 6:00 PM. Kelly gives them a call on the cell phone to get directions. It is a good mile from the library. Kelly takes off at a fast pace and we take our time and head in the same direction as Kelly. We arrive near the Napa Store just as Kelly was exiting the store with fuel filters and cooling system cleaner. We are now heading back, and have walked about a half-mile when a car stops and asks if we would like a ride. It was the man that waited on Kelly at Napa. We graciously accepted his offer. He dropped us off right near the dinghy dock. We get back to the boat for dinner and some home schooling. Kelly works on the fuel polishing system he is building until 12:00 AM.
November 10, 2007 Saturday Cocoa, FL
I awake early to a sunny start and enjoy the quiet of the morning. It is a rather peaceful feeling. I then decide to take down the Halloween decorations since we are going to ship some items home before we leave Florida. We get a full home schooling lesson in while Kelly works day and night on the fuel polishing system he is building. We hang out on the boat all day. We play and read. We then have supper and watch TV. As were watching TV a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral and it was really loud, the sound shook the boat! We didn't know it was going to launch or we would have watched it from the cockpit.
November 11, 2007 Sunday Cocoa, FL Veteran's Day
Today we were going to try and go to the Kennedy Space Center, but we are too far south to get there by bus. We will try to go there on our return trip. The girls get another full lesson in, while Kelly works day and night in the engine room.
In the afternoon the girls play on their bunks, I listen to their conversations and giggles - it makes me smile.
We have supper and watch the Scooby Doo Movie. I talk with my mom and then watch a little TV. I then help Kelly until midnight. He finally completes the building of the fuel polishing system he has designed. The new heat exchanger has been installed on the main engine and the coolant was flushed with acid. The acid was then flushed out with fresh water several times before new coolant was installed. The acid removed all the rusty looking water from the system that resulted from the seawater mixing with the coolant. The new transmission oil cooler has been installed on the transmission and the fluid has been changed. The old transmission cooler has been swapped with the main engine's oil cooler that appeared to have an external weep of seawater. The coolers for both are identical. The transmission would fail rapidly if the cooler should fail and allow seawater to mix with the fluid. The engine oil is more tolerant to this failure so we opted to move the old transmission cooler to the engine. We will replace the engine oil cooler with a new one next year. The oil and filters have been changed on the main engine, its' injection pump and the generator. He finished everything at 2:45AM and allowed himself to take a shower and go to bed!