For those of you who are looking for more pictures of our journey through the islands, Linda has been vacationing in Wisconsin. You’ll have to put up with a blog post about boat maintenance.
I haven’t posted in several months now, so there’s been routine maintenance: oil changes for both the main engine and generator while we were in St Martin, where I had easy and free disposal of the used oil at Budget Marine; and the other monthly things, like cleaning strainers, topping off battery water, etc. The biggest unplanned expense was the loss of a snap shackle that attaches the dinghy to the davit when we haul it up. The quick-acting snap shackle was attached with a regular shackle to the block (pulley), and both the regular shackle and snap shackle were there one morning when we dropped the dinghy into the water, not there in the evening when we went to pull it out of the water. A search of the ocean bottom in the vicinity was fruitless, so the chandlery got another $50 out of me courtesy of Neptune.
The last few months have been hard on remotes. The two big remotes for the stereo quit working. Cleaning up the contacts and changing batteries confirmed juice to the circuit board, but no effect on the stereo. Even though we still have 3 more (don’t ask me why the boat came with 5 remotes for the stereo), the big one(s) had a nice holster near the companionway that made them more convenient. The remote transmitter for the wireless temperature gage quit also, leaving us with an inside temperature readout only. I guess that’s not too bad for a $10 purchase from the US two years ago. Actually, that transmitting module was the fastest eater of AAA batteries onboard, and never worked well with rechargables, so it is not a terrible loss.
|New reading lamps in the salon|