One thing after another!

Some years when we start on our trip south we have “issues” with our boat… sometimes large and sometimes small. This year was no exception, the issues were more of the medium to large range this year rather than being smaller. This season started off with Rich having to clean off the prop in 48 degree water! He was NOT a happy camper.

Rich in wet suit.
All dressed up with somewhere to go. Brrrrrrrr!

He has on vest with hood, a shorty and his full body suit hoping to stay warm or least not freeze to death. The only thing he is missing are diving gloves.

Rich after diving.
Looks like alien, doesn’t he?

At least he had the hookah, making it easier to get the job done.

The next “issue” was the autopilot wouldn’t hold a course in rough conditions. Good thing we weren’t in ocean doing overnight sailing.

Then our heater started working only when it wanted to. It was a very good thing that Rich brought the  new electric blanket with us so that even without the heater we were able to pre-warm the bed at night before getting into it.

Oh and of course the hot water heater (that had stopped working last summer). So when we arrived at Deaton’s, the first thing we did was order a new water heater.

Lifting the water heater out the engine compartment.
Lifting the water heater out the engine compartment.

The water heater was heavy and in a spot where it just fit in the engine compartment making it difficult to remove.

New Hot Water Heater
The new hot water heater installed.

The new hot water heater was a different size than the old one (of course) so Rich had to weld up a new frame to set the new heater on. The new heater was much lighter and smaller to handle so it went in far easier than the old on came out. I am glad to report that it works great. The energy requirement is less and the engine water heater loop is far more efficient than the old one so the water heats up much faster when we are motoring.