From: "Rodney Field" <email@example.com>
To: "1 Rodney Field" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Always on the Lookout - loading chain - ex printer - 'man the pumps'
- busy crew
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 21:20:40 +1100
No - the computer is not fixed yet - it's still
sitting here lifeless - until I can take it to the shop tomorrow.
So I've just done some of these photos on the laptop for you. There's
been a few things to do around here the last few days (and probably for
the next year too) - but now just to add a further twist - here is how I
found the printer when it was unpacked from the journey.
It's not really a good look - but here again
as well - I suppose I've done pretty well out of it for $95 bought about
2 years ago - and it must have printed a few thousand things.
It has the look as though someone - probably me - has stepped on the box
- which can hardly be surprising in the activity and turmoil of the whole
big move. They really get you in with these printers - don't
they - almost giving them away - only to find that it just about costs more
for the ink cartridges than the printer itself. So I don't think
we'll be rushing out tomorrow to buy one - we'll just have a look around
and get the right one sometime. But I'd say - another 3 in 1
multi-function is the way to go - and we do a fair bit of scanning too.
John Meyn came down again on Sunday - this time
bringing down the 500kg drum of anchor chain - that had been left back at
Erskine Park. I didn't think we really needed to load another
half ton right in the bow of the bottom half before the lift - so I left
As you can see below - it all worked out pretty
well. He was able to back right up to the end of the dock -
and we fed it out and onto the rollers and winch on board - and then just
let the winch haul it in - like it's supposed to do from now on anyway.
It all went smoothly - and I hosed it off as it was coming up to get the
mud off it. So - in theory - we should be OK to drop anchor
now anywhere and retrieve it - just as a matter of course - anytime
While this was going on - I had run a hose across
from a tap on shore (you can see the blue hose running along the dock above)
- to fill up some of the water tanks on board. The yacht has
the capacity to take about 10,000 litres of water in ALL it's tanks - but
in the past on land - I don't normally fill all of them - only the
forward tanks - which hold about 2000 litres and can easily last about a
month being frugal with use.
You always think you've done things
correctly - but we all make mistakes. Mine this time - was not
to check ALL the hoses that connect to these tanks. There are
fillers and breather pipes on BOTH sides of the yacht (although back on
land I only EVER used the Port side closest to the shed tanks).
And I had NOT reconnected the hoses to the deck on the starboard side for
So I proceeded to merrily fill these forward
tanks using the same method as always - that is - to just let the hose keep
going until it eventually flooded back up the filler and onto the deck -
meaning the tanks were full to overflowing. The tanks are part
of the hull structure and well sealed and cannot leak.
But an open filler hose - laying down on the
other side of the floor behind boxes MEANS DISASTER. Once the
water tanks are full and it starts to come back up the other open line -
the garden hose will just keep running and running and filling up the bottom
of the yacht - and overflowing from one area to the next - and then into
It would take more than 24 hours of full garden
hose pressure to put enough water in - to even come near a lower floor level
- but nevertheless a couple of hours of water filling up storage areas under
the floor full of gear - is bad enough.
It may sound pretty stupid really - but it was
compounded by the fact that I was doing 3 loads of washing with the washing
machine as well - which tends to use a lot of water as it's coming in -
and the tanks were pretty much empty - and we were pre-occupied doing other
things on board - and it can take a couple of hours anyway to fill those
tanks. Until I eventually said - I'm going below to see why
this water is still running - it should have been filled by now.
To then find the minor catastrophe of overflowing water filling up floor
compartments. It had filled 2 large forward underfloor compartments
forward of the tanks and apart from lot's of fresh water up there - no real
harm was done.
John and I rigged a new 240v garden pump
I'd bought at Aldi a few weeks back for $120
- and it worked perfectly sucking the water from the compartments and pumping
it up 8' and out onto the deck for it to run away. So let's
just put that one down to experience and early days hiccups.
Which of course brings us - lastly to the CREW. Where were they
in this hour of crisis - or any hour for that matter? What was
SHE doing - while I was filling up the yacht with a GARDEN HOSE - HAULING
ON CHAIN - ETC?
WHERE WAS THE BACKUP?!!
Who are we kidding - I'm just a deckhand on the Royal Barge.