Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Docked Anchorage Marina, Ocracoke, NC
01 June 2022 | Anchorage Marina Ocracoke
BrOOKE SMITH | NE 15KTs
Yea -yes I know it's not June 1 today. But we've had company. So, a bit behind
After a nice cool overnight I turn on the main cabin AC and it runs a few seconds and cuts off. I check the breaker and it had tripped. I reset the breaker and it tripped again. I then reset it and checked the water flow coming out of the side of the boat and it’s just a trickle coming out. I cut the AC off before the breaker trips again. OK the difference in a heat pump compressor at your house vs a marine heat pump is it uses seawater to exchange the heat inside the boat to seawater. Your home compressor does this with outside air blowing across the compressor coil. So, low water flow and the unit cannot exchange the heated cabin air. Low water flow is almost always because the water strainer has a jelly fish, seaweed and other things caught in the strainer and has reduced the water flow through the compressor. I take the top off the strainer and hand Susan the strainer basket to clean while I stay in the bilge and clean out anything else in the strainer. We put it all back together and hardly any water is being pumped. Air lock at the pump is the next step to get the pump to working. I take the top off the strainer with the seacock open to allow water to overflow the strainer before putting the top back on. No are in there now. Turn the AC back on still no water flow out of the AC. HUMM, maybe underwater there is a plastic bag covering the intake or something. I take the top off the strainer and with dockside water and a garden hose shoot water through the seacock and through hull path to blow anything stuck underwater away from the boat. This is messy but I’m convinced I’ve pushed anything away from the boat underwater. And, I notice that there just isn’t much water coming into the boat. With the seacock open and the end of the hose below water level we should be sinking from the inrush of seawater. Not going to sink with this low flow. So, SOMETHING else that I’m incapable of fixing without having the boat lifted out of the water is blocking the water flow. Sometimes an oyster will grow up inside the through hull opening. The diver that cleans the boat bottom cannot see or get I try a few more times through the hose and n the bilge up to Susan to clean. This is our ritual of AC maintenance.
So, guests are arriving tomorrow and I need another solution. I look around for other seawater sources and actually find one that we have abandoned long ago. I wonder if water will come through this seacock. It is SMALLER than the normal supply hose. VERY LONG story to get the hose size to fit on the strainer, but since I have most everything that Lowes stocks on this boat I actually had adapters and spare hoses. So, success.
Today’s picture is today’s (6-1-22)sunset over Pamlico Sound.