|One of many frogs in a scupper hole on the boat.|
|A mans job.......plugged head hose|
|Mic,Jon myself and Sue|
|Can't go without the beer|
of Redundancy Department at it again (DRD)). Yeap it can’t be done. Several phone calls to Raymarine saying you could do it, nope you don’t know what you’re talking about,..called the maker of the tri-data Airmar, Nope, they know what it is and I have confirmation you need to buy a new one. Well that’s the dumbest deign I’ve seen. Defender package 4 days later arrives and the new one is here but not tri-data, just temp and depth. Now we don’t have it in time for the launch and the trip to Stuart, but that’s Okay as we do have a totally separate 2nd depth meter and gauge on board, plus a hand held, (DRD). I still wanted the speed thru the water as it is information I like to have in front of me as we go along. Arline could'nt watch and never does as I change this 2 inch fitting while in the water. I put the broken sensor in anyway but put a hose clamp around the broken threaded part so it couldn't separate, come out of the thru-hull fitting opening that 2 inch hole to the sea while under way. It worked fine on the way over and am confident it would never come loose, the new correct one showed up is installed and now I have a back up tri-data thru-hull making the “People from The Department of Redundancy Department People” (PDRDP) some what happy. Now I just need to remember where I put the damn thing.
There is also the story of why Arline was so nervous about, what she thought was the vulnerable 2 inch opening in the hull that could open to the sea. It involves other cruisers/friends of ours that we've been watching and waiting for. They sold everything and bought the boat of their dreams. Lived aboard for the summer in the states and while on a passage early November things went very bad for them and they lost their boat. They were picked up by the USCG 300 miles into their trip. All 4 on board are OK, but everything they had is in 6500 ft of water. I've not talked to them yet but by e-mail and will not discuss who they are or where and what happened as they are still working into a new life which will not include anything on the water they tell me. It did bother me as I heard it was a matter of things going bad in bad weather. We feel so bad for these folks and hope they do well in their next adventure. While talking with Mick and Sue, and another couple in Stuart, both long time cruisers in distant waters, telling this story and the ramifications it would have on our judgement calls, while enjoying sun-downers, some cold, some red and some white. While going over what could have happened and all the what ifs, what would you do, and how sad. The other couple with us pointed out all of the fire trucks and ambulances that we were hearing and seeing go over the bridge at night, (sometimes both directions at the same time). Making the point that in life, Every Day somebody somewhere loses something. Some of the fire trucks were headed to house fires where the best trained responders couldn't prevent people from losing everything they had, ambulances were headed to choking people who just went out to eat or hurt people in car accidents that just went to the store, People hurt at work, falling off roofs, ladders and more, and it goes on and on. I guess the point of this is that no matter what, each day we should count ourselves lucky for the life that we have. We can take all the precautions in the world, and if it's your time, it's your time; and if it's not, it's not. That doesn't mean you can throw caution into the wind or try and tempt fate, your not going to do that and we all know it and we don't think that was what they did. I'll end this with our favorite song "Pink Guitar" by the Sim Redmond Band. A song that moves us every time we hear it, a song that should be played every time the Tiki Bar is rolled our at FPM (it was in the transfer deed of ownership for the Tiki Bar), The words tell us;
"People say don't live in the past, live each day like its your last, but you should try it in reverse, live each day like its your first.
You've seen me jump around to this song, and I still do. Now join me in the moment and go to the link.
Thank you all for following.