A mishmash of tasks
With no clear agenda yesterday, Rebecca and I ended up working on a mishmash of tasks. The day began bright and early with a dinghy ride along the coastline, searching for a cockpit cushion that I (yes, my fault) errantly left on deck overnight. The wind had been honking through the night, and from a consistent direction, so we thought that we’d have a pretty good chance of finding it along the lee shore. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful, so perhaps it sank. My bad. 🙁
With that unpleasantness behind us, and a couple of cups of coffee in my stomach, I decided to do some cleaning inside our cavernous cockpit locker. Our watermaker lives in a section of that locker, and since we had it running, topping up our tank, I already had the locker open. The watermaker had actually been pickled until two days ago when, after purchasing some new filters, we decided to put it back into service. It took about 45 minutes for me to get it to work, all the while with me sitting inside the locker beside it. I’m not exactly positive what I did to get it going. Perhaps it just wanted some company after resting for so long?
What our cockpit looks like when we drag everything out of our cavernous locker.
Anyway, after removing everything from the locker, I was able to access the fresh water and bilge pumps. I spent some time studying them, cleaning up a bit of the wiring, and replacing some older hose clamps. I walked away a bit confused though as the system appears to have an extra pump installed. In the photo below you’ll see a Jabsco fresh water pump on the left, an accumulator tank in the center, and a belt-driven bilge pump on the right. In the photo below that, you can see that there is actually another, older-looking pump(?) under (attached to) the accumulator tank. Both that pump and the Jabsco appear to turn on when a fresh water tap is opened. I’m not sure of the older pump’s purpose. Perhaps it was original and the Jabsco was added later on? If so, why?
Fresh water pump, accumulator tank, bilge pump.
In addition to messing with the pumps, we also dug out our emergency tiller. We cleaned it up, installed it, and checked to see how it functioned. I did, prior to this, know where it was located, but yesterday was the first time that we actually put it all together. One of our Facebook friends said that I must have been really bored to have done that. Bored, no. Curious, yes.
Frost’s emergency tiller installed. I wouldn’t want to have to steer like this for very long.
It passes down through the aft cabin to the rudder quadrant.