That’s a lot of water!
I’m going to go out on a limb here and perhaps tempt fate by saying that this year’s rainy season wasn’t all that, at least not in the Eastern Caribbean that is*. Just as the last dry season wasn’t the big drought that previous years have burdened the Caribbean with, we have not had all that much rain this year, relatively speaking. Of course, there are days like yesterday.
On a day when we had scheduled to clean the boat top to bottom, it rained. All day. And night. A lot. In fact, it barely stopped. From a boat -rinsing point of view, that’s not all that bad. It also made it a lot cooler to work. The wind-driven chop in the bay didn’t make the job of compounding and waxing the hulls any easier but you can’t have everything, right?
As we lay in bed last night, listening to the rain which never let up, I knew that the dinghy was filling with water as it sat in the davits. Yes, I could have pulled the drain plug out but it’s really tight in this tender and a bit of a PITA to do. So, instead, I waited for a lull in the rain to go and pump it out. That lull never came.
What was the first thing I did this morning? Check to see how much water had accumulated in the dinghy. There was so much water in it that I had to call Rebecca to come and look at it before pumping it out. Amazing. I can only imagine how much weight that water added to the tender. Good thing we have our nicely reinforced davits!
Oh, I mentioned pumping the water out. A nice perk that this dinghy has is an electric bilge pump. Evacuating the water required only the flip of a switch, no sweat required. 🙂
Pumping the water out of the tender as it sits in the davits.
*I have more to say on this subject but I’ll wait for maybe another month before posting it, just in case.