Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Crotchety Orangutans

Listening to "Graffiti Limbo" by Michelle Shocked

We have now been on the hard for a while and I have no idea where the time has gone.  I blame this on the heat wave.  While in the water Drake and I were like dolphins...playful, fun, footloose and fancy free.  We laughed and toodled around and just enjoyed life.

Now, after two weeks on the hard, in heat lingering on the cusp of100˚F/38˚C, we are more like two crotchety orangutans in an animal testing facility...glaring around and poking one another while occasionally checking the air conditioner with suspicion.  Is it really possible that it is still 83˚F/28˚C in the cabin even with the air running?  Hmpf...

Some things are getting done.  Drake has gotten a chunk of the sanding finished on the topsides, I managed to fix the dryer and clean a couple of boats, and we're both getting a lot of work sorted with various editing projects, but we absolutely must step it up if we have any hope of getting out of here.  "Stay focused!", I tell myself.  Unwrap this heat induced veil of lethargic fatigue and WORK ON THE BOAT!  

Ahhhh, perhaps I should back my little train up.  I DID learn how to rewire the shore power cord, which is super exciting.  

I am not electrical girl.  Should you happen to ask me to describe how the magic of electricity works, I am more likely to answer with large hand gestures and technical terminology such as "flux capacitor" and "crushed unicorn horns" than anything resembling expertise.  It has always been something of a mystery to me made even more scary due to the fact that, if handled incorrectly, it can also kill you.

However, at some point someone stepped on the shore power cord plug where it attaches to the boat, bending it and breaking the waterproof seal, and it was vital that we replace that.  You might say that I was volunteered for the job.

Between Drake and the online installation video I was able to cut the plug, strip the outer sheath, splice the wires to the plug, position the new waterproof gasket, and reattach the outer casing.  


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  <------ this is how I felt.  wait, let's add some more. ------> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Mission Accomplished!

I really do love learning about the boat and the various systems aboard.  Not only does it give me a sense of empowerment, but it makes me feel more comfortable when I understand how things work and, more importantly, how to fix them when they stop working.  

It seems there will be a bit of a break in the heat...I'll see how empowered I feel after painting the hull for many hours.  *grin* 


  1. Monique
    I love reading your blogs

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I adore writing these and look forward to posting more!

  2. Wow! You two have been busy lately! Glad the mast is back up. I think it's great you started this blog. I'm thoroughly enjoying it!


    1. Thanks Richard. Yes, we have been quite busy. Though there was an initial lag during this heat wave, we are back in gear. Now we just need this rain to subside so we can paint the hull and the topsides. Tried to do a bit today, but got rained out again. *shrug* Oh well, it will happen.

      I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. It's something I wanted to do for a while, but never did. I only wish I had started earlier! Hope all is well, and I'm sure we'll be seeing you...

      blue skies,

  3. Coo coo a roo...One step closer to happy hour in a third world cantina!

    1. Oh my…happy hour sounds great right about now! After all of these big renovations are finished I just want to go out and celebrate!