We finally received our replacement GPS unit to tie into the Garmin 5208 chartplotter. Garmin had made some engineering changes, so the replacement unit had a different mounting footprint from the original. The screw holes didn’t line up exactly and the opening for the cable needed to be expanded. As a result, we needed to fill the screw holes with epoxy and then drill out new holes. Once this was done, we mounted the GPS, and re-ran the cables to the engine room, where they connected to the chartplotter. Dave installed a new box to house the connections, making them much neater and more protected.
For the 2nd time in a couple of years, we had to replace our shore power inlet, when one of the prongs showed signs that too much heat had charred the surface around it. Having done this before, Dave was able to make the switch much faster this time, after receiving the replacement parts.
It started innocently enough. We got a call from Archie, the owner of Joy’s Marina, asking if we could help someone move their boat from a nearby marina over to a slip at Joy’s. It was a sailboat, and the owner was new to the boat and new to sailing. So, having us on board might make it easier to move the boat. When we arrived at the boat, slightly ahead of Sue, the new owner, we started to study the project in front of us. We knew a lot about Orion. But there are so many things we take for granted on our boat that we needed to understand on someone else’s. When Sue arrived, she was able to give us some clues, but she admitted there was a lot she didn’t know. So, we called the previous owner. The picture gradually began to take shape. The boat had sat in its slip without moving for years. The engine had been started successfully recently, but not to move the boat. Oh, and by the way, the channel into the marina would have just barely enough water for us to leave as we headed toward a new moon low tide. With the water falling, we tried to get underway quickly, but discovered that there was no water coming out of the engine’s raw water output. After ensuring the raw water intake was open, that left the likely prospect that the impeller needed replacing. Taking her out of the slip under her own power wouldn’t work. Archie then offered to tow her. He and Dave went to launch his boat while Cathy and Sue continued to ready the boat.
Meanwhile, time is ticking and the water is still falling.
Before too long, Dave and Archie returned. We attached a tow line and cast off the dock lines. We steered toward the curve in the channel, using a quirky depth sounder and the instructions from the previous owner about how to find the deepest water. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work. We were quickly aground. After some maneuvering, Archie managed to get her off and the rest of the trip to Joy’s Marina was uneventful. Since then, we have helped Sue with some ideas about how to get her boat moving again and build her confidence along the way. We helped her move some of her things out of her apartment one day, and took her for a ride on Bay Dreamer and Orion. Although the sailing wasn’t great on either trip, she’s getting a little more experience in the other aspects of boating – such as navigation, docking, and, oh yes, evading storms.
We spent much of the past month with family, which limited work time on Orion. We helped our son’s family move from Emporia to Richmond and returned to visit them on July 4th, when Dave’s parents and sister had arrived from points north for a visit. Our grandson, Droz, came to visit us for the week leading up to the Pirate Festival, which gave us time to enjoy his company.
So, how are we managing without A/C? We did OK for a few days, swimming when we could during the day and catching as much breeze as we could down below. However, it just wasn’t enough, since the humidity alone was enough to do us in. Put together with the soaring temperatures, and we knew we weren’t going to last much longer. However, we were once again saved by the kindness of friends as we took the loan of two different portable A/C units. These have made all the difference. And we are hopeful Orion’s unit will be fixed soon.