Why is there water in the bottom of the fridge?
That was the question Cathy was asking herself one afternoon early in September when she was reaching for a cold drink. It turned out that the freezer had defrosted and the temperature in the box was rising. After quickly rescuing the food and transferring it to Steve's boat, we started investigating the problem. The compressor wasn't running. The temperature control was fine. Could it be an electrical problem? All the wiring checked out OK. Thermostat? Dave bypassed it and still no compressor. It was time to call in the experts. In the meantime, we would just use the freezer/fridge from Orion Jr. No problem. Except that it wouldn't get cold either. Guess we'll need to look into that one later. Right now, it was time to focus on Orion.
We had to pack up and shut down Orion, but before we left there were a few things to do.
When you lift the handle on the faucet, you expect water to flow. And on Orion, there is a distinctive sound of the fresh water pump. When lifting the handle produces only silence and air, there's a problem. It was quickly apparent that it was a wiring problem and, more specifically, a faulty fuseholder. Once it was replaced, no more problems, and the water was flowing.
Since Orion is still for sale, we had to leave her looking as good as possible. That meant taking our clutter off, and cleaning her inside and out. We had Jake dive on the boat on a chilly Saturday night just before heading out of town on Sunday. With the canvas stripped and stowed, the systems winterized, and the bottom cleaned, we checked the lines and walked down the dock one last time this season.
The Hampton Public Piers was full of boats about to head south again, thanks to the 3rd Annual Snowbird Rendezvous. That was a sign we should start thinking of doing the same. We had a chance to say goodbye to many of our friends at a party Steve and Linda held at his house on the Saturday before we left. The same day was also Cathy's birthday, so it became a dual celebration.
The next afternoon, we were packed up and headed out, but going north, not south. We had an appointment to pick up our RV in Falling Waters, WV.