Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Worst Job On The Boat

Today was not the day we were expecting when we woke up.

Last night we got a call from Bill and Sheila our friends on Spray to come over for breakfast. Remembering the wonderful frittata Bill made for us in Charleston, we eagerly accepted. Just as we were about to leave this morning the forward head wouldn't stop running. Figuring it was just a seal needing to be wiped off, we shut it off and planned to deal with it when we returned.

We had a wonderful breakfast featuring Sheila's Fried Polenta and stayed much of the morning enjoying good company and talking about boats. The day turned out to be beautiful and sunny so we thought we'd take the dogs to shore for a walk and check out some of the day's events -- a new thrift store was opening across the street with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the mayor and a festival of gospel music was happening in the park next door.

Things didn't turn out the way we expected. What we did instead was tear apart a hanging locker to reach the vacuflush pump for the holding tank so we could dissemble it to replace four worn duckbill valves. Now if that is all Greek to you, then all you need to know is that the pump creates suction to pull "material" from the toilet to the holding tank. If there's no suction, there's no material movement. My sweet husband ended up being the one in the hold while I played gofer - neither job was pleasant but I think I got the better deal.

You will be happy to know that all is well and that we refrained from taking any pictures.

Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and less windy. We plan on taking the dogs swimming early and going to shore for some hamburgers at Annette's. At least that's the plan...


Carol 'n Wayne said...

That same job is on my to-do list (and actually has been for a while since we are at the dock and I have procrastinated big-time. I hope the duck-bills are the only problem.

MV Red Head said...

The whole process was much easier than I expected. I needed to take the pump completely off to get at the back outflow. It was also a lot messier than I imagined it would be.

We'll be at a marina for a week in St. Augustine. With plenty of water and time, I'm going to run water through the second head and change out those duckbills before they become a problem. It's got to be a nicer job when it has been flushed well. I read that they're supposed to last 5 years. We're on year 7.

Write me if you have questions about it when you're doing it.

We'll be back in Vero around the beginning of April too.