June 14 Bayfield, Wi.
16 June 2012
June 14, 2012
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We spent three days in Bayfield getting all of the systems up and running. When the boat was off in a distant port stored for the winter, we would do the same thing. So having done this a dozen times or thereabouts, it seemed like old hat. And we did do a lot of repair and upgrading when the boat was in Annapolis.
All, well almost all, went well. Leaks in the pressure water system turned out to be the usual suspects which responded to slight tweaking. The new Garhauer motor lift could not find a place to be installed on our small double ender. (Hopefully, they will let us send it back.)We were able to jerry rig a workable substitute. The dinghy got four coats of varnish and some repair. It is on its last legs, if that is an acceptable nautical term, but we have been saying this for several years now. Our new parlor game: Will the dinghy out last its owners’ abilities to continue the sailing life?
Just after dinner the third evening as we were mentally preparing to return to Minneapolis the next morning, the pressure water pump died. Better here than in Chinny Chinny Land. It is original equipment that ran faithfully for 26 years! We had replaced the failed bilge and sump pumps in Annapolis when we had access to Bacon’s reduced price chandlery. The same pump is still manufactured so now we are scrambling to find a replacement as inexpensively as possible.
We fell back into our shipboard routine easily. With the reality of our departure almost upon us, we refined our latest traveling plan for Lake Superior: Sail the north shore as far as Rossport, Ontario. Back track to Isle Royale. Cross to Copper Harbor, Michigan and pass to the Soo from there via the south in shore. As usual, however, cruising plans are written in butter.