|Food comes to the boat on this strange contraption|
|All of this for about $6 US|
|After... Still a jumble but it's out of the way.|
So with that part of the project on indefinite hold... we replaced the fresh water pressure pump as well... Long story, don't ask... Just say I got a wild hair! We reworked all of the hoses under the sink and now it's all tidy down under there...
During the course of our escalating problem with the disappearing water... it seemed that we had to make water an awful lot. Part of our investigation for the one problem proved we had another... Our water maker was not performing as it should. One of the pumps has been getting louder and louder... It was working, we were getting pressure, but it was loud!
I had many conversations with the guy who sold us the water maker, who is also a friend... He gave us some pointers... things to try, tests to perform. We did them all and it still didn't work right. We had to call in a professional. Regis Electronics, right here in Rodney Bay, sent out a guy who fixed it. It took him about eight hours to troubleshoot the problem... and troubleshoot the fix.
We bought a new pump - the noisy one was going out... We put a new head on the other pump... everything seemed set up right but it wouldn't work. The new pump was working backwards. But the hoses were on right! Long story short, the pump we bought originally had a modification which changed the direction of the flow. The new pump we just put in did not have the modification, so the hoses had to be switched.
We ran some cleaning chemical through it and everything worked much better now in every way but the salinity level. We were still getting readings of TDS in the high 300/low 400 range. Potable, but not as tasty as it is when we get lower level readings. We were told that the only other thing to do was to replace the membrane... we're going to wait on that and see how it goes.
I worked on new longer snubber lines and I made us a pennant. So many of the mooring balls here in the Caribbean have only a metal ring at the top of the ball and no pennant to tie to. I made us one. It has a thimble on both ends and it's about ten feet long. We used it here in Rodney bay on their horrible rusty mooring rings.
Of course we did all of the normal things like bottom cleaning and regular household maintenance... One day I even got a(another) wild hair and cut mine! I was in the shower soaking up the wonderful AC and just decided today was the day. There is a nice mirror and counter in the facilities there so that I could actually SEE what I was doing. I think it turned out great!
|Gotta be a record|
|Treasures from multiple shopping sources...|
|The agent just finishing up|
St. Lucia is an awesome place to receive large items. We used a company called Caribbean Shipper to provide us with the address in Miami for the generator (or any other thing you need - they will consolidate multiple shipments large and small) to go, then they brought it on a boat to the port in St. Lucia. From there it was delivered to a dock in the boatyard next to our marina. The marina has a shipping agent who did all of the paperwork and coordinated the box being brought right to us.
|There she is! What a beauty!|
|Preparing the halyard to lift the engine onto the boat|
Now... Bruce and I installed our water maker with no outside help... but my thinking was that if we had to do this job one of two things would happen... maybe both. We would blow the boat up... or this would lead to divorce. We weren't looking forward to either of those things... So... I bowed out and the guys took over.
|Easy does it!|
The men made it look easy! I worried that it wouldn't fit through the inner opening to the engine room and it almost didn't... They quickly removed a part then put it back on once they had it inside.
They used a board to slide the generator from the floor in the saloon into the opening and onto the deck inside the engine room. Then they had to drill some new holes for the bolts that secure the generator to the deck inside... then all they had to do was hook up the existing wires and hoses from the previous generator.
Michael was right in there hooking up stuff while Bruce worked on the other end. I think Alan was in charge of the remote panel. They had to increase the size of an existing hole for the panel and things didn't quite go together right. Alan came back the next day with a piece of wood cut to fit the hole and some varnish for us to make it look like the rest of the wood! How awesome is that!
|It's in there!|
|No empty spaces!|
|I sent pics like this! It's supposed to go here!|
We needed to get some more parts and couldn't find the right things here... Eventually we did... but it wasn't easy.
Throughout this process we also had remote assistance from another resident expert. John-Michael from Pura Vida was helping us via message and photo... He and Kimberly installed the same generator as this one in their boat... in place of their old Fisher Panda! I think JM was avoiding work of his own to help us out so we owe them a drink!
Everyone was tired and hot and maybe a little disappointed that it wasn't a total slam dunk. But Bruce and I were beyond thrilled that we had come this far!
The problem was that the two guys helping us on site didn't want to commit and mess anything up. Both could have done this job on their own boats, but being unfamiliar with our setup, they were hesitant... and we didn't blame them. We certainly don't want to catch our boat on fire!
In comes Jesse from Pyxis to the rescue! He and Sally arrived at just the right moment and Jesse offered to come and take a look... Between the two of them, Bruce and Jesse finally agreed on the way it should go, and yes, it went where Mike said it did... Anyway... after all of that bla-bla-bla... THIS happened!
OMG IT WORKS!!!!
Let the good times roll! We've got a life-changing machine installed in our home now and we've got friends around who deserve a huge HUGE Thanks! We could not.... Could. NOT... have done this without their help and vast pools of knowledge and expertise!
Now that the work was done, it was time to have some fun! We all met up for happy hour at that place on the canal... you know the one that never has any business! We'll give them some business! We took over their place. They didn't even have anything cold when we all pulled up and docked on their pier...
|Sea Grapes hanging in our faces!|
|Alan and Cheri (Consort) and Bruce|
|Janet-Lee (Adventure US 2) Chris and Fiona (Sea Squirrel)|
|Michael (Adventure US 2) Jesse and Sally (Pyxis)|
|Karen and Charlie (Gloria Maris)|
|Out long past our bedtime!|
Our paid days in the Lagoon were done so we moved the boat outside into the pretty water where we could use the water maker again. It was nice having a different view. Our friends were all here and something was always going on...
|A change of scenery is definitely in order!|