The Captain is usually 'doing' rather than 'blogging' and even more so as we are trying to prepare for our 3rd cruising season. So the Admiral is ghost-writing a few lines and adding pictures in the meantime.
|Not the roomiest lazarette - taking out the old hot water heater|
Dealing with these day to day "problemos" entails online searches for parts; asking other cruisers if they have spare items or know where to find them; and most frequently, heading off to one or two favorite ferreterias (hardware stores) where staff have been extremely helpful in the past. Yesterday, thanks to the staff at 'Distribudores 66' on Av. Lopez, the Captain has pieced together a variety of brass couplings, connectors and reducers which he hopes will allow him to successfully finish installing the new hot water heater to the engine. Bronze fittings are the ideal. We hope these fittings will be a reasonable 2nd choice.
|Brass fittings - after a long search|
|A great ferreteria for many boat projects|
As a sidenote, we are both relieved that this project was on "the list", as there was a wiring issue which needed addressing. We discovered that when the old water heater was put in place, the installer was short of the requisite size of wire, so added undersized wire with butt connectors. There were clear signs of over-heating. We are now wondering if that was part of the problem when the heater stopped functioning. In any case, appropriate wire and connections are now in place.
|Jib now in place|
Stay tuned...perhaps the Captain will finally have time for a few comments.