Wednesday, February 21, 2007


The things they don't show you in the cruising books...

We're back in New Bern getting the boat ready for cruising to the Bahamas. This takes a couple of weeks of maintenance, cleaning, provisioning, etc.

This is our third day back on the boat. So far we've done the following:

- Replaced the GPS (it was acting up - got a Raystar 125 on eBay)
- Loaded everything back on the boat from home
- Did a first pass cleaning
- Purchased about 30% of the food we'll need
- Removed the engine heat exchangers and sent them out for cleaning
- Removed both engine water pumps for new gaskets
- Re-wired the entertainment system (left speaker channel wasn't working)
- Made a master "to-do" list
- Checked scuba tanks (1 needs filling)
- Made 2 trips to Wal-Mart
- Made 2 trips to West Marine
- Made 1 trip to Lowe's
- Made 1 trip to Target
- Made 1 trip to Napa

This is all just the beginning. Our list of things still left to do is two pages long.

This morning we drained the water tanks and opened them completely to manually clean the crud out of the bottom. It's been almost three years since we did this and it was time. Last time I was the one who opened them up and cleaned them. Today, Karen drew the short straw. Ya gotta love a girl who's willing to do this.

Alright Jeff, a few things:
First, how are you getting around NB? Are you leaving a car there?
Second, you are right the video clarity of the cell fone is poor. Neat idea though!
Third, on the trawlers post you mentioned solving the engine temperature problem. How about some still pictures of its location, etc.
Forth, thanks for our ME itinerary suggestions and your efforts on ActiveCaptain.
John, "Yankee Belle"
Thanks for your questions:

- We did a one-way rental from Bangor, ME to New Bern, NC. When we got here, we traded in the car for another normal rental car. They charge A LOT for a one-way rental and that's a cute trick to save money. We'll turn that car in before we leave here.

- The video's will look better when they are are taken outside. I'd love to do some engine room videos and will figure out a way to do it.

- Yes, I'm 99.9% sure the temperature problem is now solved. It's all back together but I can take some pictures of where the clog was happening. The important thing that I learned is that a clog on outflow will block just as much as a clog on inflow.

- No problem about the Maine ideas. There's a lot to see and do there!
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