OK, so now we know ...
Any voyage worth it's salt has its learningmoments,
and these are a few. From the humorous to the
hair-raising, we have been collecting and sharing
these stories since we began sailing and hope you
will enjoy and 'profit' from them.
Locker Diving, Again
Do you have any idea how much stuff is
on a blue water cruising boat, even one
not fully loaded to Go? There are
approaximately 50 lockers and bins on
this floating home. It took us three passes
to dig through all the lockers on the boat.
And we still couldn't find what we
needed. So, being hyper- organized, we
made a map, numbered all the lockers by
Port, Bridge, or Starboard, printed this
amazing creation, and even got it
laminated for future use.
OK, now we know we won't use such
tools. Now we just know where we put
stuff, usually. Later, when things get
really loaded up with cruising gear the
map may see some use. But for now, we
just put everything in its place and every
place has its thing(s).
Anyone who keeps a boat in saltwater knows about
sacrificial zincs, right? We did, or so we thought.
The collars on our saildrives were pretty obvious. The pencil
inside the generator was not. We knew it was there, so,
when the genset needed an oil change, Royce applied a
wrench to it's hub, backed it out, and there was almost
nothing left! Good thing he had checked it! But inserting the
new one didn't work - it wouldn't go back in to the socket.
Hmmmm..... inspection revealed that the old one had just
broken off inside the heat exchanger *&(^&%$(&^@$!!
The metal had turned to mush and could not be pulled out
with the usual tricks. It was upstream of the water flow into
the water-cooled lift exhaust, not sure that would tolerate a
zinc-mush bolus. Time for professional help: Kevin McGeary
just mashed up the pesky mush and said it would be fine to
run out with the cooling water.
OK, now we know - to be careful with extracting pencil
zincs, change them often enough to avoid the mushies, and
that it's OK to just let the mush run out if it should break off.