It’s been a while since the last update here on the blog. There really hasn’t been much to report on the sailing side since we haven’t been sailing. Our focus has been trying to settle into land-lubbing mode again. The good news is that we have both been eating healthier and have made progress on processing our stored goods we had left behind 6 years ago when we sold our house before the big trip. We still have a lot left, it’s going to take at least a couple more months to get through most of it. Our plans for what we are going to do next are still undecided, but we are making progress on that as well. Nothing to report yet though.
Meanwhile, as mentioned before, we plan to take Tahina to the Bahamas for the winter. That way we can escape to warmth when we get too cold, and get some cruising in! We have a mooring in the Bahamas we can use for less money than we are paying for a marina slip in NC. With the money we save we can buy a few plane tickets down there, so it actually won’t cost us much.
As is usually the case, we have a few maintenance projects before leaving. Yesterday, we fixed an important issue: our B&G 4G Radar is now working again! We lost the radar on the very last leg of our trip just 1 day from arriving to North Carolina. Over the summer, I sent the equipment back to B&G and they said the units were working fine. So, that meant the problem must be the radar cable itself. I got a new cable and yesterday we confirmed that was the problem when we connected it up there. So, we next had to cut off the end of the old cable and attach the new and old and pull them through the mast and the cable runs to the instrument station. When we pulled the old one out, we found a spot just six inches inside the bottom of the mast, where the cable went in, that was worn right through. We put a protective sleeve on the new cable, and added extra cable. We have no idea what could have worn it there. I may try borrowing an electrician inspection camera to look in there. It was a tough job, but we got it all done and the radar works!
Our other big job is to fix the hydraulic steering again. We had an expensive repair done in Martinique that was a complete waste of money. They guy replaced the bad cylinder with a new one, and then decided to inspect the old one as well (which had been working fine). The day we were going to complete the install (and we had scheduled to leave), he revealed the second cylinder was bad as well and gave me a “fully refurbished” used one as a replacement at “half-cost”. Guess what happened? Yep, the replacement leaks! So, we spent all the money and time and were right back where we started. So, I’ve ordered a new cylinder and will be installing that soon. The hardest part is putting the oil back in that drains out when you change out a cylinder. It takes three people and two or three hours of time. Boring, messy, and tedious. Yuck. By the way, I’m not happy at all with the outfit in Martinique called Caraibe Marine, the only Caribbean distributor for Lecomble & Schmitt hydraulics. Contact me to get details.
End of hurricane season is October 31, so we will move Tahina sometime after the 1st of November when the weather is right.