Thursday, May 7, 2009

"I christen thee...'Lehe Paine'!"

We just officially re-christened the boat! Frank did the honors, with a little shout-out to Neptune and Davy Jones, a splash of champagne on the bow, some champagne to the sea, and, you guessed it, champagne to the happy owners! To recap a little, the name comes from the Tehuelche language, a nearly extinct language from the Patagonia region of South America. We first became aware of it in 2007 on a trip to the region where one of the national parks is Torres del Paine. We learned that paine was "blue" (or light blue). When we began thinking of names for our boat, I kept coming back to that one word...paine. With a little research we learned the Tehuelche word for water was lehe. And thus, the idea to name the boat Lehe Paine was born! Our friends and family chimed in and the vote had a solid winner...and we love her!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Boat Repairs

I consider myself a pretty self-sufficient guy when it comes to fixing household issues that come up, whatever the problem. Boat life is a little different, though. We have a steep learning curve with all the new systems on the boat. For example, we have a hydronic heating system on our boat. It is awesome, but we woke up Friday to no heat. After many hours of troubleshooting, most of which was spent just getting familiar with the system, I finally fixed the problem- the in line fuel pump wasn't horizontal enough, which is important in diesel applications. Apparently something bumped it just enough to keep it from working. Who knew? I guess I do! The heat works now, let's hope it stays that way!!