Splash! What’s Right … and what’s …. not so right….

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….

Winterlude in Marathon Boat Yard

Winterlude in Marathon Boat Yard

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 MESS! We'll clean it up & clear it out tomorrow!

The MESS! We’ll clean it up & clear it out tomorrow!

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…

Damn red fault light ...

Damn red fault light …

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!   🙂

Cheers!  Jan


  1. Keith Davie says:

    Hey folks, welcome home!
    On the battery charger issue – some high-tech battery chargers (perhaps the Tru-charge?) won’t function if the batteries are already down below a set cut-off point. Sounds backwards, but basically the batteries have to be charged before the charger can charge them. Probably you’ve already got it sorted out, but just in case…
    Speaks to my love of vintage, non-smart electronics!

    • Thanks Keith! We checked the batteries today and found that they all seemed OK (good since they’re less than 2 years old). We finally broke down & hired the boatyard electrician to troubleshoot & paid big money to confirm what we already suspected …. the TruCharge2 40 is not functioning. But all is well tonight, except the checkbook! 🙂 Cheers! Jan

  2. Keith Davie says:

    Say, do you folks remove moisture sensitive items (like cushions?) from the boat for storage in a climate controlled area when you leave Winterlude in the south? Just heard that idea from “The Boat Galley” lady, Carolyn. Being Mainers, we’d never thought of that… 🙂

    • No, we don’t remove cushions or mattresses, or any other “moisture sensitive” items from our boat. An external storage unit was simply not possible most of the places we were when we were “out cruising”. Our dehumidifier does a great job — but be sure to read my post on getting a (not inexpensive) dehumidifier that will drain into the sink AND start immediately when electricity is restored – keep in mind often electricity blinks regularly (multiple times daily) on the docks in other countries. A fancy dehumidifier that shuts down and doesn’t restart when electricity is restored is no good. It means your caretaker has to check your boat several times a day, which likely isn’t going to happen and you’ll end up with mold. I also leave air room around each cushion by keeping them askew, locker doors askew etc. On the other hand, if I had my boat right outside where I’m living, I might consider stashing the cushions, bedding etc in the spare bedroom. 🙂 I hope to have dinner aboard s/v Barefoot Gal (i.e.Carolyn shortly) – we were supposed to do it Sunday night, but for the monsoon rains started Sunday afternoon and have not yet let up! Cheers! Jan

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