Another good thing about life aboard is the access to getting things done on the boat. It is, in a sense a feeling of Satori as things unfold.
I’ve replaced 90% of the onboard lights with LED’s. They give out bright yet soft light.
Currently I’m replacing the water bladder. On a CAT it is not so hard a job. Just opening a compartment, disconnect things and lift it out. The old bladder was leaking not just from one hole but from several . Enough so that it was not worth it’s repair, being as old as it is. I think more holes could develop while I was replacing the unit back into the compartment.
The old bladder is a 100 liter unit. The size listed as standard for the boat is 50 liters. While at Blu Pel I came across a couple of bladders. One 50 and one 100. The 50 is used and in good shape and only 50.00! However the 100 is new! LZ is big on new. The price is more but… It is new and larger. I think for the trip we are planning having more water is better. Even if it will not be the drinking supply it can be used as such if needed with a new tank, so good investment and is in the recycle realm.
I was surprised how much the boat raised up when I removed the water tank. 26 gal of water is a lot of weight. With the new bag I can recalculate how much water to take along in extra container for drinking and such. I read of a couple sailing a Cat from Mexico to Hawaii they had 62 gal of water.
So this is giving me cause to rethink how much water to take. 20-25 gal in tank plus another 30-35 in jugs should be enough. The jugs will be for drinking. I’m also hooking up the foot pumps now. Fresh and salt.
Another project being done this weekend is glassing in a compartment for propane storage. This is my first time doing any fiberglass. It was pretty messy on my first layer and first day. I finished the job mostly on Sunday. With the right tools and a little knowledge/practice it went much smoother. The compartment was a double fix. 1.so it did not leak water on to my bed/head/face if some got in the compartment. 2. So that it drained gas and any water outside under the boat . I added a side wall in the compartment so that it is closed off from everything except the one inch drain hole now in the bottom of the compartment.
So all in all I had two successful projects this weekend. Yatta,
I notice there was a big Trimaran visiting the docks in my Hood. I walked over to check the boat out. It turns out the owner was on board and we chatted a while. He was heading south to Puerto Vallarta . He was also from Mexico. I questioned him about a new marina I saw on the web, which was just north of Encinada. He knew nothing.
I also wrote to these people but have heard nothing.
We got around to talking about Blue Pelican he wanted to go by the store. I told him say Zen sent him , it was my name and the name of my boat. As it turns out he also had been doing meditation for a number of years. His boat is named Satori.