We got a lot done today. I did anyway, Kate had a migraine all day and
even then managed to get something done (updated our med kit's expired
meds). I installed the new Clark pump today for the water maker. The pump,
which is really a compressor, had to be replaced due to cracking of the
high pressure fitting ports. Spectra replaced it for free due to an
acknowledged flaw in the interaction between the materials used to make
the pump and the pickling (preservative) chemical used to preserve the
membrane during periods of inaction. The new pump went in fine with only a
minimum of sweating and swearing and seems to be performing perfectly (we
tested it for 2 hours at the dock today).
Yesterday I somehow managed to get the solar panel charge controller
working again. I just disconnected all the wiring and checked each panel's
output separately. Of course they were both working. I reconnected
everything and it all just worked. There must have been a loose connection
before I disconnected it all. Somewhere.
We're still waiting for our new forestay and our roller furler. The local
rigger sent the parts needed to an outfit in Auckland who are the only
ones who deal with Navtec rod rigging. They made the forestay and put the
furler bits on the stay before it was swaged (headed). But when they sent
it back the rigger realized he had forgotten one of the bits which has to
go on so he has to send it back to Auckland where they will cut off the
old head and fitting, slide on the bit needed for the furler then re-head
it again and send it back. Total elapsed time expected: one week.
Otherwise our only other remaining issue of any import is our
non-functioning anemometer (wind meter). The cups on the top of the mast
are just stuck. Today I went up the mast - Kate operated the anchor
windlass which is electric while Jonah tailed the safety halyard (a second
line in case the first breaks). But for some reason when I was about 3
feet from the masthead Kate simply could not raise me any higher. I could
see there was more room for the line. She says the rope just spun on the
winch and made a groaning noise. I don't understand it but we will try
again tomorrow. This time I may ask a friend to go aloft while I operate
the winch. Other options are to use a different halyard.
't understand it but we will try again tomorrow. This time I may ask a
friend to go aloft while I operate the winch. Other options are to use a
Then I have to install new bow lights, which I am awaiting delivery one.
Then its just a matter of loading all the gear we put in storage when we
arrived. We've been loading it a bit at a time for the last week or so.
Most of what is left goes in the Stbd cockpit locker which I had to keep
clear until the watermaker was installed, which is now done. The sailmaker
has our sails since December. He did some minor repairs on the mainsail
and the genoa and will deliver them as soon as the roller furler is ready
(and help bend them on).
What else? Well, we have to fill our gasoline jugs and lash them and the
diesel jugs all down on deck. We have to put the 110v heater element back
in the hot water heater (so we can make hot water using our generator - we
have a 220v element in there now so we can use dock power while we are at
the marina here). That's about it, plus about a dozen other minor things
which need stowing away.