Summer in Baltimore - 2017
Jul 1 thru Jul 4
The sky was overcast early in the morning on Saturday, July 1. There is an 80% chance of rain today and 100% chance that it will be hot and very humid.
|A little duck family takes a mid-morning rest on |
a neighboring boat transom.
|This image is of a lone palm tree on the beach |
on the oceanside of Elbow Cay. This image
will be placed in a natural wood frame.
|This image was taken in Little Harbor and it is |
titled "Lunch at Pete's Pub." This colorful
image will be placed in a white frame.
Maggie ordered all the materials we need to redesign and remake our dinghy seat bag and I ordered materials to make some cockpit seat extensions so that we can sleep comfortably outside in the cockpit when we with to. These are two of our upcoming projects.
On Sunday, July 2, we cleaned all the raw water filters (except the one for the engine). It was unbelievable how clogged they were but the fridge and the A/C kept working, though I'm sure not very efficiently. From now on, we will be cleaning them every two weeks unless we find later that we have to do it weekly. I have been putting chlorine tablets in the baskets of the raw water strainers (when we clean them) so that it kills any growth as it circulates through the coils of the A/C and the fridge. The marine growth that we found in the strainers was mainly plant growth. In Annapolis, the primary concern was always sea nettles blocking the strainers.
I refined the template for the cockpit seat extensions today. I made a bill of materials and ordered the 4" x 1/4" aluminum bar that I need for the supports.
|The refined full-size template for the cockpit seat extension is |
shown above. The forward edge is on the left side of this
image while the aft edge is on the right side.
Maggie polished the stainless steel stanchions on the starboard side, as well as the bow pulpit. Now, they really shine! Shortly after lunch the outside temperature was near 95 degrees F and it was very humid. We chose to stay indoors until it got cooler.
On Monday, July 3, we drove to Annapolis to do a lot of errands, doctor visits, etc. We spent the entire day in Annapolis. I stopped in and checked on the progress of the warranty repair on our Yamaha outboard engine. By doing an air leak down test, they determined that the problem was a stuck intake valve and the cause is typically water, whether in the fuel or salt water introduced through the exhaust system. It was unclear to me how this could have happened and I will have to find out more about it later. The mechanic recommended that I install a small fuel/water separator between the fuel tank and the engine (which would only address water in the fuel). The outboard engine had a couple issues where it wouldn't start and this could have been a symptom of water in the fuel too.
|The new fan is approximately 4 inches in diameter and |
made by Corsair--it was made as a cooling
fan for a large electronic chassis.
I realize that summer in Baltimore is not nearly as interesting as the time we spent in the Bahamas but I hope, through this blog, to describe our life aboard, living in a marina for those who never get the chance to do so.
We ended our July Fourth by watching the fireworks in Baltimore's Inner Harbor from our boat's cockpit. What a show! Hope everyone had a great Independence Day!