November 13, 2007
back from our trip to Brian's twin motherlands of Oklahoma and
Arkansas, and it was a lovely visit! One highlight was attending
an Oklahoma University football game-- every time OU scores, there are
pyrotechnic explosions, mascots firing guns, and two scrappy, adorable
ponies that tear around the field pulling a miniature covered wagon
amidst the general celebratory chaos.
Boomer and Sooner take to the field! On the right, that haze clearing in the sky is gunshot smoke.
Back at the boat, the battle between Brian and our ancient Webasto
heater continues to rage as the temperature drops. We've gone
through about 5 cycles of Brian fixing it, having the whole boat
marvelously toasty for 2-3 days, and then the heater wimpering and
dying all over again.
With the memories of our underheated last winter spurring us on, we're
working as fast as we can to fix the heater without blowing too much of
our cruising budget on something we're not going to need next winter.
The model we've got has been discontinued, and brand new
units are pretty expensive. Luckily, we found a patient,
kind-hearted soul from Webasto's main office who tracked down a dealer
of replacement parts for our model. Parts are due in by the end
of this week, and if they do the job, we'll have saved over $2200 by
doing the repair ourselves. That's the equivalent of over four months of cruising! Cheap and cheerful is the motto
around this boat.
The whole thing has been pretty frustrating, and Brian's going to write up a
full report once the problem is officially solved for any boat folks who might find the technical specifics useful.
Fixing Session #5: Not Funny Anymore. Notice the band-aid on Brian's hand, which is
covering a nasty burn from the previous round of fixing.
for us, the water temperature is still high enough for our
reverse-cycle air conditioner/heater that we've got up forward.
This basically blasts a stream of hot air straight into
the V-berth, so at least we've all got a nice warm place to sleep
while the rest of the boat is cold. Sheba actually seems to enjoy
being held lately-- she must really be chilled if sharing body heat is
more important to her than being left alone!
Just three days until we pull the mast, and we're getting a little
nervous. Folks around the marina all tell us it'll be no sweat,
but it's still a pretty big deal for us.