Returned from a month of being on Euphemia. I cruised with Charlie on Ananda for a good part of it – was great to have such good company! I met an old friend in Campbell River. I had the boat hauled in Sidney. Was visited by the children and grand-children of a previous owner (the Gleeds owned the boat from around 1947 until the late 1960’s). I attended the Classic Yacht Association RV on Salt Spring Island. I attended the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria. No drama and sunny days (except one day of rain).
I like having a few plants on the boat when out for a long cruise. In this case it was all about the flowers. They stood up very well.
Off-loaded a lot of stuff – much of it food and clothes. Took another look at the bilge. The mid-ship pump had been going off around every 25 minutes or so. I noticed that putting some grease into the stuffing box would slow it down and this had me thinking that the stuffing box may be contributing the bulk of the ingress after all. So I tightened up the stuffing box. These two things greatly reduced the ingress.
Some water is getting trapped between recently reworked sections of the hull because there are no holes for the water to flow through.
Ordered a Maretron Run Indicator to monitor bilge pump activity over the NMEA2000. This will give me a much better sense of how often the pumps are going off and I can see when they are pumping on the dash via the Maretron MFD.
Cleaned out the ‘trunk’ and stowed away the folding bicycle. There is a bag for the bicycle but I am not using it because it just makes it harder to figure out the orientation to get it in. I had a couple of bins in there for paint and such – but that was just for the haul out. So this is better use of the space.
Hung up the signal flags in the boathouse – they will not be needed until Canada Day – at the earliest. I am keeping the number 9 on the bow pole as a symbol of support for Ukraine (the colours are the same as their flag).
I have requested a cost estimate (from an outfit in Oregon) for rebuilding the windlass. This not because it is broken but to prevent it from breaking and to make it look nicer. This is not the original windlass but is period correct and has been on the boat since around 1947. These things are very expensive to replace (perhaps 20k for this one). So time for some attention.