Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I had no idea that freezer and refrigeration systems had to be flushed periodically to wash out any scale build up. Seawater cooled systems that is. It makes sense when you think about it, I just had never sat around and thought about it.
Tom flushed the freezer system out the other day. Judging from the gross water that came, I would guess the previous owners didn't think much about flushing either. So this will get added to our yearly maintenance list. FYI - flushing stuff is $$$! I know it's not terribly exciting and or pretty like a sunset but it's important. Have your flushed your boat systems lately?
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|Old batteries that must come out|
|Tom disconnecting all the batteries - not much room to work|
|Two of the four out|
|Resting between batteries|
|All four out - whew|
|Pre-tire blow out|
|Newbies ready to go in - ugh!|
|New batteries sitting pretty in their new home on s/v Honey Ryder|
Monday, July 22, 2013
|New unit in place and ready to flip the switch|
|Lights are a GOOD sign|
|In action and working great. Coldie anyone?|
|Little one so we let him go|
|I had to snap the pic quick as he was FAST towards freedom|
|Big crabby crab|
A third trap was filled with shrimp heads and shells from our shrimp boil Saturday night....YUM by the way. However the crabs aren't going for it. Later we did catch one in this trap but they seem to prefer chicken necks to shrimp heads. We tossed a couple of smaller ones back. They must be 5 1/2" our expert crabbers tell us.
The final catch =10. Head on over to Beyond Burgoo Boiling Up Crabs to see how we cooked them up.
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Watching a big ship come into the dock|
|Grog Shop run|
|Enjoying the bounty of the Grog Shop run|
|Catching up...of course this is after dark and projects...ooops...disregard the time of day|
|Nothing like a good Kindle book after a long, hard day of boat projects....oops - never mind|
We discovered that our shore power plug had a BAD burn. Not good. We are not sure when this happened or specifically why but it did. But no worries, we have a spare cord that came with the boat.
Uh-Oh. Spare (which we have never used) is burnt too. Traditionally shore power cords are designed badly given all the things that can and do go wrong in other words - DUMB plugs!
Since we have to replace it, we decided to invest in a SmartPlug. I say invest because as with all new tech stuff, it's $$$. However, it's good stuff.
It finally arrived (after a week -argh West Marine) and we installed it today. Voila -AC power!
If you are interested, be sure to check out why they are so good at SmartPlug.com
*One note - on the power cord side of the plug, there is one design weakness...there are three clear plastic clips that are supposed to help keep the green, black and white wires in place. Our SmartPlug arrived with two of the three already broken off. Of course we didn't discover this until we were getting ready to install. We went ahead and installed it anyway since we have already been waiting a week. Hopefully in the future the SmartPlug boyz will figure out a better material for those three clips than the flimsy plastic that they are made of now. So if you get one, check that immediately to be sure yours are intact.
We spent the evening last night with Anthony, Janet, Alfred, John, Vera and around a hundred or so other people. Throughout the evening there were some gasps, nervous laughter and many times where we all jumped collectively in our seats as we watched....."Psycho" on the big screen. Yes, Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller in black and white played at The Ritz Theater. Although we have seen it before, we had never seen it on a big screen in a movie theater. It was quite an experience watching with a collective. We all know the story line to some extend and we all KNOW the outcome ("No Marion, don't do it! Don't get in the shower! Turn around! Look behind you!) but still.......think screeching music here....doesn't that creep you out a little just thinking about the music. Hey, for $10 total, it's still the best deal for date night.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
|Galley pole base that secures it on the underside of the galley counter|
|Test run of the concept|
|Fitting the trim pieces into place|
|Sanding the trim to give it a smooth, continuous look and feel|
|Numbering the teak pieces for a perfect match/fit after staining|
Once we moved aboard he started putting all that planning into action. Methodically it has taken shape.
|Sanding between coats|
|Installing teak trim|
|Stainless steel shelf bracket and Tom's pattern|
|Teak support collar Tom designed and made|
Teak trim was ordered from Buck Woodcraft. One corner piece was off upon arrival but they corrected it immediately and send another corner and soon Tom was fitting the pieces in place.
He sanded and painted the shelf a Caliber like color (three coats) to keep the light, airy feel we already have onboard. The finish looks almost like laminate - amazing. The teak trim got a couple of coats of Cetol.
|Stainless steel bracket in place|
Ta-Da!!! Thank you babe!! It's fabulous! You are the best!!!!