3-1/2 Weeks To Go!
Supplemental Water Cooling for Fridge
When we purchased our new refrigeration unit from SeaFrost more than a year ago, we had the coils installed in the compressor unit for supplemental water cooling. At most times, water temperatures are lower than ambient air temperatures--so, water cooling makes sense as long as you can keep the pumping energy minimized. SeaFrost offers a tiny pump specifically for this purpose. This past week, I installed the supplemental water cooling.
|This tiny 12-volt pump is rated at 2.7 gallons per minute and is |
manufactured by March Pumps in Glenview, Illinois.
|One way to tell if the fridge's compressor is running is observing |
the small stream of water that exits from the
boat's deck wash drain at the stern.
Polishing Flexible Solar Panels
We added our Solbian-brand flexible solar panels in stages early on during the 3 years of preparation we have undergone. The first solar panel we installed is located on top of our hard dodger and the plastic covering was showing signs of haze. One of the small projects I completed this week was removing the haze. I applied Flitz-brand polish to the solar panel (one half panel at a time) and polished it off with an auto buffer--it did a fantastic job and they look brand new!
Covers for Outboard Gasoline Jugs
This past week, Maggie constructed beautiful SUNBRELLA covers for our two 3-gallon gasoline jugs for use while they are stored on deck. (The gasoline jugs are for use on our outboard motor that powers our "go fast" rigid-hull inflatable dinghy. We use strictly non-ethanol gasoline for this purpose.)
|These covers match all our other canvas on the boat--it is Sunbrella's "toast" color.|
Replacement of Fresh Water Pump
Our fresh water pump seemed to be losing a little pressure and it was more than 5 years old (maybe more than ten years old) , so we replaced it with a new Shurflo Aqua-King. It was rated the same as our old pump (3 GPM and 55 PSI) but it is a newer design. This was one of those cases where it seemed better to replace an old pump rather than carrying a spare pump with us. Of course, the quarter berth had to be completely disassembled to get access to this pump.
The hot weather is finally breaking on the Chesapeake Bay. The humidity has been much lower and the mornings and evenings are cool. We didn't need to use our air conditioner this week. It's really time to wrap things up and start heading south soon!