With the dreary cold weather and "east coast gray" we have been experiencing in Virginia, we took advantage of one great weekend. Between being out of the slip for a change, and a mini-spring cleaning session on the boat, it was a weekend for record books!
Our first project before we could go sailing was changing out the furling line. The one that was on when we bought her was too big, and also to short. Furling was an issue, and the genoa was unable to be out all the way. With a great deal on rope at West Marine, this was an easy fix. Normally everything takes longer than expected, but somehow this did not. Simple to uninstall the old and just as simple to install the new rope. As always, Zia provided the Captain with some supervision :)
While it was forecast to be 50 degrees and light winds, about 10 mph, we invited our friends Captain Dave and Susan out for a day on the water. If nothing else, we could enjoy the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately the wind died when we actually got on the water, but it was still an absolutely GORGEOUS Day! We were all happy to just be out of the slip, enjoyed some fantastic cheeses, crackers, fruit, and beers that Susan and Dave supplied us with.
Since the wind was so light and we had extra hands on deck, we decided to play with a new sail. We thought it was a spinnaker, but quickly realized that was incorrect. We then decided it was an asymmetrical, and we ended up sailing it from the main hailyard and just holding the sheets. Captain Dave wanted to experiment with the spinnaker pole, so we rigged something up to try. With the small mount of wind we had, we had great success! The sail was beautiful, and we were happy to just fly it.
After some more research, it turns out the sail was a mizzen staysail. We have learned how to properly use this, and we look forward to that for the next trip out. Until then, we learned a lot about tenalach that day. The best news is that there was nothing to report! No engine issues, no sail issues, no dog issues, no docking, etc etc. IT WAS A WIN!!!! And we couldn't be happier or more proud. Days like this make us really appreciate the leap that we took, and give us more faith in our journey. We might not always know what we are doing (as if anyone does), but we can enjoy the water on a great day, and get home safely!
Above was the fun part of the weekend, below is where the work comes in!
Since we got a fun day, we decided to take the next day to get some work done on the boat. We have been somewhat limited with this due to cold weather and rain. It has been raining on our days off, which is not helping us accomplish boat projects. Instead we find ourselves dealing with leaks, BIG thumbs down on that!
So here we go...
1. I found some mold below the mattress and below the hypervent in the aft cabin. We needed to not only change sheets, but basically tear the entire cabin apart to get to all the mold, clean it, and dry it out. I used vinegar and water to scrub. I also have another product coming that is supposed to prevent mold from growing as well. Women Who Sail
recommended this, and I trust them! Because of the hypervent, mattresses, too many pillows for Captain Chuck, and the v-berth cushions in the aft cabin, when I work in there the whole boat is then occupied :) Not pictured is the v-berth cushions that were airing out on deck, and the blankets that were in a pile somewhere else on the boat.
|Pillows on the port settee|
|Mattresses in the v-berth|
|Hypervent in the hallway|
|Finished project! And as close to a made bed as we get|
2. I bought frozen strawberries to keep in our small freezer, first time since moving aboard. We seemed to have no issues, until I went to pull a beer out and it had frozen red water on the top. Upon more inspection, apparently the frozen strawberries melted just enough to leak everywhere and then freeze again! Delightful! The below picture shows the galley taken over so I can stick the top half of my body in the fridge to clean!
3. Captain needed to work in the engine room. When we changed our water filters, we didn't bleed the line completely. However we didn't realize this until we were running off of our tanks versus the hose. Obviously Enzo needed to supervise this time!
4. Lastly, heater! We obviously installed the new heater, but keeping it producing heat is another story. We have been using lump hardwood wood charcoal from Ace Hardware which works great, but we burn through it so fast! Five pounds/day. Since Chuck works from home, it is literally burning all day. When it is burning, Zia likes it as a face warmer and is intrigued by the popping and cracking of the fire.
The electric heater we were using is mostly just a fan now. Apparently we burned it out on the cold nights before our new heater.
We are now working with Anthracite, which is a great heat producer. But we are having quite the time keeping this lit. While there are frustrations with it, it is also nice to figure something out versus just turning a switch on. Until then, wool socks are my best friend (even while I sleep). And if you've paid attention, I dislike wearing socks all the time!
Here is to warmer weather, and being slightly jealous of those in warmer temperatures! It will be our turn before long, and I like to think we will appreciate it that much more after experiencing waking up to 47 degrees in the boat. BRRR!
~ Me and my pups!