Heads In the boat
23 March 2020 | Stuart Fl
Sally | Sunny and lovely
The Captain decided that today was the day for the job. Armed with a plethora of tools, hoses, clamps, gloves and our last container of, oh so scarce Lysol wipes, he started the job.
The new unit isn't plumbed the same way as the Groco and the mounting bolts don't have the same footprint. That required removal of the current intake and export hostesses and drilling holes The hoses were especially stinky! The holes needed to be drilled in toward the boat bottom, always a dicey task since too far and we might have way bigger problems, yikes
Did I mention it was in the mid 80's in temps and the head closet is barely big enough for one? After much machinations, more than a fair share of salty language and a bucket of sweat the job was completed.
With my help we encased the old unit in a black garbage bag and lugged the old monster up the companionway ladder and down into the dingy.
Taking it to shore for disposal wasn't an easy task and I wish I had thought to get a pic of us transversing the mooring field with the old head in the bow. LOL I'm sure it was a sight. Once on shore we got a few comments loading it in the dock cart and taking it to the dumpster.
We returned to the mothership to do a major cleaning of all tools and surfaces. That was followed by another trip to shore for showered and a cold beer.
After cleaning the remainder of the mess up a wiping down all the tools and stowing them we headed to shore and the showers.
Whilst in the showers the Governor made another decree on rules for businesses and social distancing. No groups of 10 or more people and all parks and public gathering places were to be closed. All businesses should take precautions to protect their staff and to limit public contact as much as possible.
So what does that mean for us. Currently the marina is open for its customers that are here. No new boats allowed in either at the docks or the moorings. There office and mailroom are limited to one staff person and one customer. The laundry is to be limited to one person and the shower/bathroom to a maximum of 2. The lounge is closed and all the outdoor furniture has been removed. We were allowed to finish our beers before they shooed us away and took our table and chairs.
And with all this blathering on about it of course the picture is of the new head!