Well the sea lions are still staying away. They still keep trying but I am ever vigilant with the hose.
Ever since leaving Richmond the speed in the water sensor has not been working. This morning I decided to pull the sensor out to check it. It is always a little exciting opening up a 1¼ inch hole in the bottom of the boat. We have a Airmar DST800 combination depth/speed/temperature sensor that communicates via NMEA 2000. The housing has a flapper valve to slow the water when there is nothing plugging the hole. The procedure is unscrew the locking ring and pull the sensor out leaving a hole in the boat. There is a flapper valve that stops some of the water but it is a race to see how fast you can get the plug in. This was the first thing I was doing today because Lisa wanted to clean the inside of FatDash. I had to remove the paddle wheel, this is what senses the speed in the water and scrub and scrape it to get it clean. 20 minutes of this and all the growth had been removed. Now reassemble and pull out the plug and get the sensor back before too much water gets in. Now I just hope it works on our net trip.
Yesterday we ran out of propane in one of the tanks. Looking on Google maps there is a 76 station about ½ mile away, 15 minute walk. As I said Lisa wants to clean the inside of the boat so I will go foraging for fossil fuel. I put the propane tank on the folding Costco hand cart and started off. It wasn’t a hard walk even though it was up hill because the tank was empty. I did get some strange looks. At the gas station he said that he knew how to fill the tank but he actually had no idea. These are special aluminum tanks that lay on their side. You don’t fill them using the valve that you connect you stove up to. There is a special port with a cap on it that it is filled with. After showing him how to do it and $15 poorer I set off with a full tank back down hill to FatDash.
The last item for the day is rigging some jack lines. These are lines that go from the front of the boat to the back of the boat down the center. We each have a tether that has 3 clips on it. One clip attaches to the harness that is built into our life jackets that we wear when we are moving. The other 2 clips are on the ends of a 3 foot line and a 6 foot line. This allows you to connect one line of the tether before disconnecting the other line. The boat is 14 feet wide so if you fall even the 6 foot line won’t let you fall overboard, a bad thing. I hadn’t installed the jack line yet but since we are going to be traveling in the dark it was time I did.
That was all the work for today. We went on a bike ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and then down to the Aquarium and back. Folded up the bikes and put them in their bags and tied them to the life lines in preparation to leave.
The evening was occupied with checking our route and getting new weather forecasts for our upcoming trip to San Simeon.