So Wednesday night we did passover on the boat. We cooked for 8 and had
two couples over. It was wonderful! We had Cod fried in Matza with beet
horshradish we made here. We had Hannah's Matza ball soup and then made
bowls with salad fixings and chicken. Then we rosted Lamb in the oven for
4 hours and had a real lamb shank. We cooked it in 1/2 bottle red wine
with lots of spices rubbed on the Lamb and carrots and onions. It was
wonderful. Hannah made Key lime pie with almond flour and pecans for
crust for dessert. It was a wonderful evening. Our friends from Suprise
and Tom and Kim came over at around 1900 and we finished up around
midnight. This was our first passover meal cooked on the boat and it went
much better than we expected!
A few days ago we were working with the deck wash raw water and the hose
came loose under the V berth and filled the boat with probably 200 gal of
water very quickly. So we turned everything off pumped it out and turned
off the through hull. So today Sam and I took it all apart and put in new
hose removeing a bunch of old fittings that were stacked on top of
eachother. Then after we got it back together the pressure switch on the
pump failed. I tried to rebuild it 2 or 3 times but it just will not work
so tomorrow I'm going to go back to the store and buy a washdown pump. I
think ultimately it failed because it overpressured the lines. But in any
case we had to take everything out from the v-berth to get to it and we'll
have to do it again tomorrow. We also found out that one of the fittings
from the through hull to the pump is made of iron and I couldn't get it
off. I don't want to break off the through hull trying so we're going to
have to leave it in place untill we're out of the water.
We have been enjoying the harbor here and I guess I've gotton lazy about
this blog as we have settled in. But I'll try to do better. Sam's
computer is being repaired so the youtube videos are delayed. I guess
we'll have to post more pictures here because of that.
Please bear with us folks! We'll be back online soon!
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2023 14:28:00 GMT
Exhaust elbow and work inside.
So there's a storm that has been moving across the US and it's finally
here. Last night we had 20g30 and 1 foot in the harbor. It's a little
rocky and lots of rain. But all is well. Just not a good day to go
outside. We left the dinghy in the water last night and added an extra
Yesterday I was informed that the exhaust elbow I sent to Michigan was
lost and thrown in the trash! I'm so frustrated. This is not complicated
but no one wants to do it and everything is getting in the way. So
yesterday I spent another 100 and made a protype out of wood and PVC and
I'm sending it off again today. I'm starting to get more than a little
Lilah has been playing a lot more lately. I think she's bored. She loves
to dig under the covers looking for the string as I pull it and she's been
laying on her back with her legs splayed out. She's never been like this
before. But she's been lots of fun to play with. She even tried to chase
a pelican yesterday and ran along the deck.
Mom's arm is starting to feel better and we're supposed to get the cast
off on Friday.
Date:Wed, 12 Apr 2023 14:34:31 GMT
At 4/12/2023 1:34 PM (utc) our position was 24=B042.35'N 081=B005.85'W
we just got the new position reporting system going so that we can easily
update our position when underway. The storm was not too bad last night
and winds only got up to about 35. All is well and today is a get fuel
day. I got the exhaust elbow prototype sent off and we're now just
waiting... I hate waiting. There were two items for sale on the radio net
today, a very large Danforth anchor and a almost new dinghy motor 6hp.
Now I'm wondering if we're going to need spares...
Date:Sat, 15 Apr 2023 20:21:00 GMT
General updates for the last couple days.
Today I have 4 solar panels up on the sun cover making about 150 watts. I
have a victron charge controller and the panels are flexible. I'm glad to
have some solar working. It's not permanant becuase I don't have a
permanant place to put them but we can do this in port.
Today it's 86 in the boat and we're HOT! But mom got her cast off
yesterday so she's feeling a lot better. They have it in a soft brace for
the next couple weeks but things are looking up.
We've met some wonderful new friends, on Sparrow and they are coming over
for dinner tonight. He's cooking!
A few days ago I went sailing with Mike and had a wonderful time. I'll
post a picture soon.
We also got our hose from ELEY hoses. And with that final addition we have
an entirely new raw-water deck wash system. The other one was leaking
something fierce because of a terrible installation. Multiple adapters
going in different directions with different size hose and hobbled
together. I'll show a before and after shot soon.
Date:Mon, 17 Apr 2023 14:27:00 GMT
Storms last night.
Good morning everyone, we're safe. But the boat just 2 moorings away from
us was struck by lightning last night. I watched the sparks fall after it
hit their mast. I went over there at 2am to check on them at the tail end
of the storm and they are fine but I'm sure their electronics are fried.
OH my it was LOUD! The wind hit 36 knots for a few minutes and it rained
buckets. I had not unplugged the dinghy drain so it was full of water when
I went over there and I had to drain it before I lowered it. I don't like
doing that because it's VERY heavy and strains the Jockey pole I use as a
crane. We are glad they're all ok over there. It could be bad if you were
touching metal when it hit.
Date:Thu, 20 Apr 2023 02:14:00 GMT
Rebuilding the Bilge pump system.
The last couple days we have spent working on the bilge. Since the exhaust
elbow was leaking we were spewing wet greasy diesel exhaust into the cabin
and so everywhere under the floor is a black greasy mess... it's
So we broke out the degreaser (Mango Sky suggested "Totally Awesome") and
started spraying everything down. I think we dumped about 50 gal into the
Bilge. Then the bilge pump clogged and I wasn't sure I could sleep with no
bilge pumps operational. So at 11pm we finally got one pump working a
little bit. This pushed me over the edge and I decided to get rid of the
hoses sitting in the bilge and put in a more functional system.
Our boat has 2 bilges and one baby bilge (about a gallon) I think we could
put about 200 gallons in the bilge. They are 3-4 feet deep and 1-2 feet
wide. But the aft bilge is not as deep as the forward bilge and yet there
is a lip between the two of them. Thus you can't ever pump both of the dry
without two seperate intakes. We had a single pump with a y valve in the
starboard lazzerette. It was a real pain to get to to switch so I decided
to rebuild the whole system.
So Sam and I went to Home Depot and picked up a hundred dollars or so of
pvc and starte building a new system. First I put a long flat piece of PVC
under the floor with a T (which went to the pump) and two ball valves
forward and aft. Then I put two vertical pieces heading down to each bilge
with a strainer and one way valve right on the bottom. This way I could
turn on or off each bilge and I could get all the water out without
clogging and as well provide for disassembly for cleaning and maint.
I'll have pictures to follow. Bottom line is it works now and we've got a
dry bilge for the first time in over a year.
Tonight Hannah made bannana mango bread!!! Oh My!! This morning for
breakfast we had eggs and home made corned beef hash from our corned beef
and cabbage for saint pattys day. It had been in the freezer. We had home
made bread yesterday too!
Date:Sat, 22 Apr 2023 03:56:00 GMT
Sam's Computer is fixed!
Yesterday we fixed Sam's computer. He put two new fan's and a new heat
sink in it. One of the things we found was that the old heat sink was not
screwed down tightly and the thermal past was barely gripping. It's no
wonder that it wouldn't cool down. Well things are running much better now
so we can get back to putting up videos! We'll be playing catch up for a
while so bear with us please.
Tonight was happy hour again and we spent the evening with friends talking
and hanging out at the Tiki hut here at the Marathon Marina.
Yesterday we also got our bottom cleaned again and I'm working on fixing
cracks in the wood with epoxy. Mostly we're working on the wheel and the
risers for the winches.
Tomorrow we're going to raise the Big head sail. I'm not sure what to call
it but it's a big high cut fore sail with a dousing line. I want to make
sure we can control it and the winds are light so it's a good day to test
it. I'm not sure how we're going to roll it up again. I also want to
practice with the storm sail.
I'm trying to use the time wisely to get ready for our sail north. We can't
go till we get our exhaust elbow back but we can be ready to go so that
when we do get it we won't have to wait weeks to be ready.
I'm really frustrated about this custom elbow. I'm afraid it's going to
cost us over 2000 to have it made. I'm not sure I'm going to deal with
this company again if they are going to do this to me. I was considering
making my entire exhaust with them but at this point I'm thinking not.
It should not be this much.
Date:Mon, 24 Apr 2023 02:45:00 GMT
Sunday Fun Day
Pancake Breakfasts with friends.
This morning Mango Sky, Intrepid, and Suprise came over for the morning net
because Suprise's radio was acting up. So Hannah made Pancakes for
everyone and we sat around and talked till noon!
Ryan, Randy, and I hoisted the Top Jib to check it out and have a look at
it. It is some kind of offshore heavy Asymetrical Spinaker and says as
much on the label, but it is cut like a top jib. Ryan has never seen one
like this before and is going to ask some of his family about it. I'm
still not sure of the proper way to fly it.
Then I went over to help Moral Compass with an electrical problem and we
disconnected his solar charger which died and hooked up his Generator to
charge his batteries. After that I went to help Suprise with their radio.
It was a but fun day. We sat all evening visiting with Beth and Randy and
their dogs and watched the sunset over the bridge to nowhere.
Now, Hannah is making dinner and I'm checking email before bed. And
tomorrow is another day in Paradise! It was hot today and barely any wind.
Oh, I finished epoxying the wheel today as well so it's all sealed up
proper. Now I have to sand a little more and put on poly top coat.
Date:Tue, 25 Apr 2023 14:30:00 GMT
Hey it finally rained!
This morning I woke up at about 06:45 to the sound of light rain so I
closed the hatches. Before long it was pouring and thundering till just
now. I got a call from some friends who's hatches were open so I had to go
out in the rain to close their hatches. It blew pretty good up to about
30 knots. We captured several gallons of water off the sun awnings and
cleaned off the decks. We did have water coming in around the water fill
fitting on the deck. I've tried several times to seal that off and it's
still leaking around the fitting. I've completely taken it out and
re-bedded it. I think it might be coming between the teak and the
fiberglass. The inner layer of balsa is solid. There is a layer of
something like 4200 between the wood and the first layer of glass and I
think that's where it coming from. I'll have to take it off again. There
was a little extra water in the bilge that is dripping from around the fuel
tanks that I'm not sure where it's coming from yet. The rain didn't last
long enough for me to find it. But I did find a black water leak from one
of the pumps. The first one we rebuilt several months ago is leaking a
little... Oh Joy! guess we have to do that one again. I have all the
This morning I'm taking the exhaust elbow prototype to Bobcat Metal works
to have someone else look at making my elbow. This is becoming very
tiring. I'm worried about the timing of our trip north.
Date:Fri, 28 Apr 2023 02:19:00 GMT
Moving a Boat
Was it stealing a boat at night??!
Last night at 10pm we needed to move a boat before some folks stripped it.
The entire story is very sad, but the bottom line is if we didn't move the
boat some group nearby was going to strip the boat. So Sam and I helped the
new owner move the boat in the dead of night and anchor it between several
other boats. The boat had no working motor, no working steering and had
three anchors twisted about. So in the dark we cut the anchors free marked
them, and used 4 dinghys to move the derelict boat to a safer location. We
had three dinghys pushing, one steering, pulling the bow in reverse, and
two spotting. We ran aground near M row after an argument about whether to
go that way or not. We pulled it free and continued on to the anchorage
location and anchored the boat with a borrowed CQR anchor in about 10 feet
of water with only 50 foot of line. I'm not sure how well the anchor was
set but it has held so far! Luckly there was no wind or current to deal
with at slack tide. It was a 33 foot Morgan. So it was a heavy boat but if
you can move a boat with your hand at dock you can tow it easily with a
Yesterday we rebuilt the black water vacuum pump that we rebuilt originally
and got it completely out of the boat this time to rebuild it better. It
was easy to rebuild but getting it in and out was a real pain. In order to
get it back in the boat we had to heat the PVC on the input end. But after
nearly all day working on it now both forward and aft pumps are working.
We also cleaned out the bilge after leaking black water in there. It was a
stinky mess of course. But it's done now and shouldn't be needed for a good
long while. In process I found that the pump out PVC into the black water
tank is not sealed in.
Today I finally figured out how to use my signal flags. Amazingly enough
there is nothing on the net about it. We did a video. I don't know if it
was because it should be obvious or if it's just lost knowledge but most of
the suggestions were terrible and didn't show the old school method. I had
to figure it out but I must say that after figuring it out it is very
obviously simple. Trying to think old school and realize that it had to be
quick and easy with just knots was a key. So here it is: The top of the
first flag you tie with a reverse cow hitch. (pass a loop in the halyard
through the loop at the top of the flag. Then pull the entire flag through
the halyard loop backwards.) Stack the flags with loop and toggle till you
get to the last flag. Pull it all tight and tie a clove hitch with the
halyard on the bottom toggle. It's fast and easy and requires no clips.
I have hoisted the YQ pattern up which says "I want to communicate" we'll
see if anyone in the harbor answers.
NGA Pub 102 the International Code of Signals 1969 edition revised 2020
from msi.hga.mil is your bible for these
messages. There is some simple things in Chapman's piloting but the full
list is in that document.
Date:Sun, 30 Apr 2023 04:58:00 GMT
Visiting and helping
The last couple days we have had friends over to the boat to have Belizian
beans and rice cooked in coconut milk and home made tortillas. I helped
Three different folks with electrical problems, spent the day with Moral
Compass. It was Brads birthday so we binged The Good Place and ate lunch
We heard there was going to be rain tomorrow so we tightened up the boat and
took down the Sun shade and put the cushions inside the boat and are ready
for a storm. It is supposed to start tomorrow morning. The weather is
getting pretty hot now and very humid. I can see that if we don't get out
of here soon the storms will be in our way very regularly. I still don't
have word on my exhaust elbow and we are getting worried about it.
I have purchased an anchor from Diesel Dan and it should be a better storm
anchor. We have a Fortress 37 and this is larger I think a 45. We are
trying to be ready to leave so that when the exhaust elbow comes in we will
be out of here quickly. We will miss our new found friends and hope to see
them in the future.
We did get a response on our signal flags. Someone asked Sam if we were ok
because one of the flags was a quaranteen flag. The combination of the two
flags is asking to communicate but they were worried about us being sick
perhaps. I was surprised that any one even noticed.
Now it's time for bed...
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