First day on the new boat
How was our first day on the new boat? Although not without drama, we loved it!
Instead of enjoying cocktails in the cockpit, dreaming of our future escapades, we spent the first afternoon re-bedding the Lexan into one of the salon hatches. As luck would have it, I pushed up on the plexiglass to open the hatch and the seal gave way. Oops. As there’s a chance we could take some water over that hatch while underway, and we’ve been having a fair number of rain squalls, I wanted it sealed properly. Fortunately Jean-Yeves, the previous owner, had most of what I needed to do the repair already on the boat.
Once that job was completed, we thought that we’d be smart and fill the water tank as we knew that we’d be leaving the marina today. Unfortunately, we goofed a bit in filling it, and ended up dumping a fair amount of fresh water into the bilges. Bilges that are, in the absence of this kind of error, always dry.
One look at the photos below and you’ll see how much stuff was stored in those bilges. We found treasure after treasure after treasure. We had been looking forward to exploring all that was stored on the boat. We just weren’t planning on doing it on our first day aboard! In order to solve our water issue, we had to remove every single item, hand drying many of them. All’s well that ends well though… we now have some very clean bilges!