Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cable!

I'm out to sea on the "other boat" now but I hear from Frank that our cable is working and we have "a ton" of channels. I can't imagine! It's been so long since we've had it. Does that make us more land-lubberly now? I look at it as a tiny comfort for the rest of the family when I'm on deployment. Cartoons for the kiddos, football for the hubby... I only hope that it doesn't ruin our usual summer night bliss of walks, dinghy rides, and paddling around the marina. I guess that's up to us though so I doubt it will!

Just a few more days and I'll get to try it out myself! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Update from Frank

Taking Jody's hint to update the blog, I'll share some news from my end.

First, we did move!! We are now over at the 12th Street Yacht Basin, which is pretty nice. I think we're gonna like it over here. I must confess, it is nice to be around a bunch of boats again.

On to maintenance, I'm taking advantage of the winter months to do the periodic maintenance that our boat needs:

The first system to get attention was out inboard diesel. I changed the engine oil/filter, marine gear oil, fuel filter, fuel element in the fuel/water separator, flushed and replaced the coolant, changed out the seawater impeller, and of course did a good visual inspection, tightened hose clamps, and did some clean-up of dust/grime on the engine and in the engine room.

Next was the battery system, nothing exciting there other than topping off the electrolyte w/ distilled water, giving a good equalization charge, and checking the S.G. of each cell (all still 1.265 or higher, even with our draining the bank last month!) I might as well try to make these last for as long as possible while upgrading the charging systems onboard!

The next project is maintenance of the dinghy's outboard. The biggest challenge? Where to do it! Some things are more complicated when you live aboard, and not having a backyard or garage means I'll have to find somewhere else to change the oil, in-line fuel filter, spark plug, grease fittings, etc. I'm hoping the Everett yard will let me do it there for no charge, we'll see!!

Other than that, right now I'm home with a sick little boy, but he's getting better by the day and will probably go back to day care tomorrow. Jody is out for a few days, then back for the weekend, then back out...even more reason to make sure the boat is ready to go for a weekend cruise when we is actually home for a while!!

One last tidbit, we bought another TV since the dvd player on ours no longer works. Maybe the player will get less hours of use now that we'll have cable in port!

Frank

Sunday, January 31, 2010

New home?

After a rather exciting few days of social events (Change of Command, new boss's reception, breakfast with some great friends, and a Chucky E. Cheese birthday party), we shifted focus a bit.

This week the port posted flyers stating that the 12th Street Yacht Basin, just north of where we are, is now open to live aboard applicants. Previously 12th Street, which accepts 40+ ft boats, was closed to live aboards even though they have slipside pump out, cable, phone, and water. It's like the best place to cleanly live aboard. We always thought they were just too snooty over there, but it seems that the city had blocked it based on previous plans to build condos next to it. Anyhoo, the condos fell through in this economy and now the basin is open to us! We stopped by the marina office yesterday and checked out a half dozen available slips. Pretty nice neighborhood! Backing in may be a challenge since it's been a while since we've done it, but I think we can swing it.

We'll head over to the office this morning to ask a few final questions and see about shifting! And then we're off to the Seattle Boat Show!