Sunday, August 29, 2010

Man vs. Hose

Holding tank hose that is and one on one the hose won... However hose vs man and woman under new conditions we won!!  So while Ginny was away for work in Reno I decided to tackle changing the holding tank hoses, a.k.a. the poopy hoses.  There was nothing wrong with the current hoses per se, they are the originally installed hoses from 1986.  At that time the sanitation hoses were made with a wire backbone and out of a black coarse material.  The problem we had with these hoses was the smell, apparently this black coarse material allowed some of the smell to permeate when in use.  Basically we someone used the head and began pumping out their business those in the cockpit or down below were treated to a ... nasty sh!%%y smell - literally.

So off to our new favorite store West Marine for some replacement hoses. After flushing the holding tank a few times everything was progressing pretty well last weekend until I tried to cram the new hose through a hole the bulkhead that was using an inch long piece of hose as padding around the hole.  I fought until sundown but trying to wedge rubber through rubber was too much and it was time for a beer break.  I decided to try again with Ginny after she returned.

This weekend we arrived at the boat late Friday night and were in no particular rush to tackle round 2 of the poopy hose task.... So we had brunch at the local bakery/cafe and wandered through the farmers market and took the dogs to the dog park before getting down to business.  Despite having one below pushing and one above pulling, rubber on rubber again proved too tough an opponent.  So we changed the conditions and popped out that piece of hose - we were done in 30 minutes!!  Some day I will work all on those electrical lines... someday.

With the sun setting we fed the dogs then headed to our favorite Italian restaurant in town for a bottle of red and crab ravioli - a belated birthday dinner.

Sunday came too quickly and despite our desire to get a few hours under sail we decided our time was better spent cleaning and preparing the boat for next weekend.  We are heading to Orcas Island for Labor Day and plan on meeting up with the Bishops.

It proved to be a pretty productive weekend boat task wise despite our procrastinating on Saturday.  Our dinghy, the P-Wagon, had it's maiden voyage after being named.  We lined our slip with bumpers in case we have anymore high adventure docking sessions.  And we tried on our foul weather gear, something we decided was a must have after getting soaked to the bone during the Pacific Seacraft rendezvous at Port Townsend 7 August.  We crewed on another Dana during the afternoon sail boat race, it wasn't raining bad on shore but beating upwind on a boat was another story!!  

Throughout the day our first mates worked hard reminding us of what boating life should be....
We're excited about next weekend, Labor Day will be our first multi-day trip and if all goes well we should cover about 50 miles in four days.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Our First Night out of the Marina

We finally did it, after last weeks attempt we made the necessary adjustment to leave early and actually anchor / moor somewhere....  We ditched work early, packed food from home, skipped breakfast Saturday morning and decided no farmers market this weekend... all so we could leave by 10:00 am - we barely made it.  Clearly we still need to make some improvements.

Arriving at the boat early allowed us to catch the free Friday night concert at the marina, have a drink on the deck while listening to the band, grab a pizza and meet Clay (former owner). 

So at the bright and early hour of 10:00 am we cast off after grabbing some coffee, crab bait and dinghy motor lock.  Out of the marina and ready to go, we headed into Padilla Bay with the plan to round Guemes Island to the north and grab a mooring ball at either Pelican Beach or Cypress Head on Cypress Island.  Only one problem - no wind, we had to motor the whole way (9 miles).

We arrived at Cypress Head by 1:30 and hooked the mooring buoy on the first shot!!  After stowing the sails and reading the P-Wagon (our dinghy) we took the dogs ashore for some exploring and doggie business.  Sadie quickly took care of business then refused to leave until we played fetch in the water, she loves to swim.  While Ginny opened a beer and made some snacks I assembled our crab trap and line for our first crabbing attempt.  We had chicken for dinner, better luck next time.

Cypress Island was great, it's very undeveloped (not even a ferry stops here).  Which would explain why it's a favorite of kayakers.  We had a lazy Sunday morning with extra coffee and pancakes before heading back in good wind for a great 11ish mile sail finishing with a tall ship sighting just outside of our marina.