Rain, Humidity & a MacBook Pro

We are extremely lucky in that our boat doesn’t leak.  It’s been pouring rain for two days and we’re snug and dry … the little West Marine heater is worth its weight in gold and just keeps on drying and warming the air inside, despite humidity levels off the charts.

But I learned something new this morning … seems like I’m always learning something new.  Last night I fixed dinner inside — simmered stew all afternoon and then made brown rice medley to go under the stew.  I cracked the window above the stove, but didn’t use my normal port fan ventilation because I didn’t want the cold air blowing in the porthole.  The downside was I created more condensation than normal inside the boat.  So when we got up this morning, the hatches were weepy — not leaking, just leftover condensation.

Not a good idea to have the laptop on the nav desk directly below the porthole - but we never open this porthole and in 15 years this is the first time I've had condensation drop onto the nav desk.  :(

Not a good idea to have the laptop on the nav desk directly below the porthole – but we never open this porthole and in 15 years this is the first time I’ve had condensation drop onto the nav desk. 🙁

But that’s not the worst of it.  I turned on my MacBook Pro as usual, turned aside to make a cup of coffee and when I looked back, the MacBook Pro had drops of water on the keyboard and mousepad.  OH NO!  It seemed to work fine, so I didn’t think too much about it until later when the mouse started jumping all over everywhere and I could barely get it to shut down.  I turned it back on thinking maybe it just momentarily went crazy, it happens sometimes.  But when it came back on, it was jumping frantically so I shut it down again and put it halfway down the salon to absorb some of the warm air from the heater.  Hours later, at least so far it seems to be fine.

And the rain just keeps on falling.  Luckily we're dry and the laptop seems OK, but I'm beginning to get cabin fever.

And the rain just keeps on falling. Luckily we’re dry and the laptop seems OK, but I’m beginning to get cabin fever.

The only thing worse than the MacBook Pro being on the fritz was the realization that I hadn’t backed it up in over a month … which means that the Shark Valley photos – even the ones with the gator eating the turtle – would be GONE…   Not backed up anywhere.  You’d think I’d learn.  David just shakes his head.

So guess what I did FIRST thing when the MacBook Pro came back on?  Tried to back it up to the external hard drive, but it’s not cooperating.  So I backed up those photos to a USB stick so at least if I can’t get it to back up, I don’t lose the photos.  Whew!

No more condensation, but I think tonight for dinner I’ll open the porthole and use the normal fan to suck the moist air out of the boat.  And keep my fingers crossed that the laptop suffered no further damage….

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