As a commuter cruiser, you can never expect to leave the boat for several months and return to have everything working. Things that aren’t constantly functioning seem to go on vacation at strange times. And if you leave the boat in a boatyard (as we did this summer) and expect to return to everything working … ugh. I really thought the boat would be filthy but functional, but alas, it’s not to be….
The GOOD news is that the total rebuild of the rudder post and steering quadrant was successful – at least it appears to be successful – the yard took it for a sea trial, but we haven’t had it out yet ourselves. Other good news is that the new transmission appears to be functioning perfectly – and hopefully didn’t screw up the pitch on the Max-Prop – we had a challenging time getting the pitch set correctly for both forward and reverse when it was first installed in 2001, but that was because the gear ratios were different in forward than reverse (don’t ask me – just call Fred Hutchinson at PYI if you have issues like this.)
The new smoked acrylic windows and hatches look great – no crazing to diffuse the light, how wonderful will it be to actually SEE outside! 🙂 Lots of good things going on … including the new Frigo-Boat refrigerator installed by S.A.L.T.
We still don’t know how to use it, but we’ll call S.A.L.T. on Monday and get a primer. 🙂 I can say for certain that it’s COLD and it uses half the amps our old Adler Barbour used…
However, apparently no one looked at the battery charger when they put the boat back in the water … after having all the batteries out for the rudder and transmission projects. So, when the refrigerator was turned on, the battery charger decided to take a vacation… with the result that when we arrived 22 hours later, our batteries are down to 11.85…. NOT a good thing. The Tru-Charge 40 2+ is non-functional — I HATE a solid red default light! 🙁 Since there’s no troubleshooting info in the manual that gives us a clue, we put our portable battery charger on the batteries and we’ll wait until Monday to figure it out — if we don’t get it sorted out tomorrow. I’d hate to lose a $1000 worth of batteries because the damn battery charger went on vacation — it’s less than 3 years old.
But when we left the boat, the batteries were charging with the West Marine portable charger — I put the solar panels out to help, and although it was too late today, as soon as the sun comes up, they’ll contribute.
SO, all is well. We have a few things to get sorted out. Luckily we’re at the Marathon Boat Yard where Joe can help us figure it all out. And life is GOOD!
P.S. The teak looks surprisingly good – a post on that to come! And more to come, but tonight we celebrate our return to life afloat! 🙂