It’s good to be back home on the boat. Visiting our old land home and family and friends was nice but real home is now the boat. Flight back to
Bill had attached invoices to each item we brought back for the boat, and he had printed a spreadsheet listing each item, its purpose and its cost. We presented this spreadsheet to the Customs official in
Unfortunately, our taxi driver was a no-show at the airport. We had emailed him twice (including the day before our flight) and he responded each time that he would pick us up as scheduled. Not a problem. He was also supposed to take us by the Yanmar place in
We arrived at the boat to discover that the accumulator tank on the pressurized fresh water system had developed a tiny hole during our absence. This was not a problem until we turned the water system back on (we turn off everything when we leave the boat for more than a day). Bill turned on the water and left the boat to go walking around the marina. Very soon the water pump and the bilge pump were working together. I noticed that the bilge pump was running constantly but was waiting for Bill to return before I turned off anything because I didn`t know if he was intentionally pumping out water. Soon the fresh water tank was pumped dry. Bill disconnected the accumulator tank and jerry-rigged the water system using the handle of a wooden spoon to plug the opening which would normally connect to the accumulator tank. He filled the water tank with enough dock water to get us through one day and we were set for the night. This marina has fantastic bathrooms and showers, but we both prefer to shower on our own boat.
BTW, we had rented a dehumidifier from the marina. This kept the humidity out of the boat while we were gone. It worked great and we still have a mold/mildew-free boat. Hope it remains that way forever.
We also discovered that the macerator pump on the forward head had developed a leak. The toilet bowl would not hold water. Leave the boat for 3 weeks and return to find 2 things had failed in our absence! Good thing that Bill is such a Mr. Fix-It. His skills are constantly being tested living on a boat. Seems like every week there is something that needs repair or maintenance. And this is on a 5-year-old boat. Can you imagine what it must be like on a 30-year-old boat! If you don’t have electrical, plumbing and mechanical skills then you should not ever consider owning a boat and leaving the
Bill spent 2 days installing all our new toys: JVC radio/DVD player with attachment so that the iPod now plays through the data port (since the audio port was fried by lightning in November); our new smaller flat-panel monitor (Thanks to John!!); AIS receiver; installed a new 4-port Edgeport serial to USB; relocated the WiFi adapter and amplifier; and networking our 3 computers. He also re-wired all the 12-volt breaker switch wiring and relocated several things. Basically he re-did everything that he had spent 3 days wiring in
So all our boat projects are complete for the moment. Guess that means it is time to start a new list.
I made 2 morning trips to the supermarket and then spent 2 afternoons vacuum sealing things, storing them and modifying my inventory list. Freezer is now full again and we are pretty much fully provisioned. Just need to replenish the beer and Diet Cokes. We still need to collect our Yanmar spare parts from
We have decided to go up to the Bocas del Toro area of