Damon’s been diligently putting the parts back into the boat and hooking everything back up. We needed all the appliances yet, and have been going back and forth about what was the best power source for each.
Inside, Damon has hooked up the drive shaft, refitted the wood furniture casing and insulated around where it had been cut out to get at the patch, installed the gas tank single-handedly by rigging up a rope/pulley system (heaven forbid he save some time and just ask someone around for a hand for a second), and checked all the valves throughout the boat. The latter chore ended with some dismal news that every single valve (4, I believe) is ceased: some open, some closed. Also, in what appears to be a rammy attempt to open one, the toilets handle has been busted. Now that it’s in the water, and some are below the waterline, this could prove interesting to fix.
We received a response to a wanted ad we had put up for a boat-sized wood-stove. Both of us just love the natural heat of a woodstove, and the seller gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse, as it came with all the stainless pipe and flanges and cap. I picked it up on Saturday, and Damon had it in on Sunday! There’s a wee bit of corrosion because beach wood was burnt in it (the salt eats any metal that isn’t stainless), which isn’t an uncommon boater practice, and leaves us that option as well. As you’ll see in the upcoming photos, it’s merely big enough to burn small bits, or pellets or bark. Pretty cool that that’s all you need to heat our space! I was actually really surprised at how small and light it was. Plus, it has a cute little picture of a schooner on a tile on the front of it.
We have a lead on a wood cook-stove as well, but the seller of this wants a pretty good chunk of change for it, PLUS it’s on the lower mainland; a five hour drive in one-way, plus at least $150 on the ferry. It’s beautiful as it’s cast-iron and appears to be in good shape, but we’re not able to pay what he’s asking on top of our travel cost and time. Anyone used wood cookstove? We’re curious about the consistency of heat. We’d like to stay away from diesel for heat and cookstove because of the immense continuous cost. We’re definitely open to feedback. In addition, we’re in need of a fridge. An electric one will pull 5 of our aloted 15 amps, which seems a hog. Propane is not only very combustible especially if we have it down in the galley, but the residual propane that is leaked into the air actually will settle in the bilge and cause an [EDIT–] explosion should there be a spark when, for instance, if there is a spark when the bilge starts. You can imagine how attractive that would be.
Damon left with the camera, so I’ll be posting pictures of our progress and “new” items later today.