07 January 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
I exhausted myself with my last post…so I had to take some time off to recuperate!
New Years Day found us somewhat rested, and with a long list of chores. In true Boater fashion, our friend Gary volunteered to pop over from Culebra again and the boys went boat crazy, tracing leaks, tracing faulty electrical, rebuilding pumps, packing and repacking lockers, and a little provisioning thrown in.
Our new water tanks are installed and good……smaller, but good. And one more significant problem exposed itself… the bilge pumps don’t work…huh?! As a primary component of boating is ensuring that the water stays on the OUTSIDE of the hull, having non-functioning bilge pumps is, how should I put it…BAD! After a few hours of Gary & Jim testing and tracing they decided that we needed to call in the experts.
In the meantime, we started our shopping and Gary took over the galley and starting teaching me how to use my new stove by teaching me how to make AWESOME clam chowder! Oh, serious YUM! So Ginny and John joined us one night and we had a lot of laughs and fun and some seriously good chow.
Monday, Bobby and Jerry came to fix the bilge pump issues, and it took them, the experts, about 2.5 hours…some bad switches, some bad wiring, but finally victory was declared and we have automatic & manual functioning bilge pumps on both sides of the boat..success.
Monday night, we joined Ginny and John for a Mexican dinner off the boat, and there met Alvin & Connie from Bolero. Two more very interesting Canadians and the six of us had a terrific time with lots of laughter over good food and some very nice Margaritas.
Jim has checked the weather and it now looks like Saturday will be our best day to go east. So planning on heading out early, and hooking up with more friends there. Which gives us two more days of cleaning and organizing before we can go play…VI’s here we come.