Fridge, Food and Fatigue
25 March 2020 | Sunset Bay Stuart F:
Sally | Breezy from the SW
I failed to mention in the last post that on Friday our refrigerator decided to give up the ghost. We thought it just needed to be defrosted which we did. We thought wrong. When we turned it back on it failed to cool down. Every thing in the freezer was thawing. What excellent timing, not! We surmised after 11 years the unit needed to be recharged.
When the ban on R22 freon was announce to go into effect Scott went out and bought the A34 that the boat uses for our fridge. Rumor has it that it may be next. After hauling all the stuff in the lazarette where our compressor is located Scott climbed in to do the recharge. All was going swimmingly until he discovered that the fitting on the recharge unit would not mate with the one on the compressor. It was a flat out no go.
We're lucky the marina carriers ice. We went into shore got the name of a marine fridge guy and a bag of ice.
Fingers crossed the fridge guy would still be working the captain put in a call. He was still operational and had just left our marina. Dang Scott called again on Sat and left a message. They weren't working weekends.
We were able to keep things cool with ice, which the marina still seems to be getting delivered. A call early Monday got us on the schedule for that afternoon. Cam the poor kid from the AC company wasn't much of a boater but did agree to ride out in the dingy. The diagnosis, yes we were low on refrigerant. He charged the unit and gave us the news. If the charge doesn't last we will most likely need a new fridge.
We've been keeping a close eye, so far it seems to be okay but only time will tell. He bravely put all the stuff back in the lazarette this morning.
Meanwhile we needed to replace provisions having run low on meat and produce. The captain is a carnivore so subsisting on noodles and beans was not going to cut it. Our previous trip when the panic shopping had started found the shelves stripped bare of produce and all meats other than beef. Even the frozen section was pretty much gone.
We braved a trip to the market which was blessedly fairly well stocked with fruits, veggies and proteins. The poor workers have been working non-stop to keep things clean and stocked. I was a bit surprised by how many customers were in the store. We tried to interact as little as possible, got our groceries quickly and checked out.
With all that is going on we won't be leaving Stuart this season. We had hoped to maybe get down to Miami for a month just for a change of scenery. That is definitely not happening. Though our adventures have been rather stationary we are not complaining, life is good on our little mooring ball. We are getting very tired of the media coverage of the virus.
That's Light Reach in the middle, this is how we social distance in the mooring field.