Aruba – Things to Do While Waiting

Boat Projects

Birdie, Swinging By Daily to check our  work Progress
Birdie, Swinging By Daily to check our work Progress

Mark reinstalled the refurbished wind generator.  It took multiple trips to Denver but we finally have all new bearings and the chip has been reprogrammed.  Unfortunately, as soon as it was reinstalled, it started making a new grinding noise and was not actually generating power.  So, Mark took it back down again and reinstalled our old generator that came with Uno Mas in 2009.  It does not produce much, and it will go into lock-out at 25 knot winds (not good if winds are consistently 35), but at least it will work.  So frustrating!

Mark, working on the engines
Mark, working on the engines

Mark replaced quite a few lines.  Both Genoa sheets and all reef lines were replaced. The dinghy hoist lines, the genoa furler and the main haul down were replaced as well. We still have the code zero halyard and traveler to go.  Mark also removed and rebedded the blocks where the lines run back to the helm, where the clutches are attached.  He went with bigger screws and washer backers this time.  Hopefully, it will stay secure.

Twisted wires found stuffed up inside the wind generator pole...SMH
Twisted wires found stuffed up inside the wind generator pole…SMH

Mark also installed a new poo holding tank, rerouted lines, and refurbished our Lectra-San for the starboard head.  Good Times.

New Helm Cover, Proj A working on the helm cover, Proj

Angie worked on blog posts, and sewing a new helm cover and chafe guards.

Final Cabinet Fix
Final Cabinet Fix

We also needed to follow up on some blood work results we had done while back in Colorado.  We found a doctor close to the marina who ordered more tests, and we were able to ride our bicycles to the lab to have the blood draws and urine tests. Thankfully, Mark’s tests came back normal this time.  Angie, however, has an infection due to kidney stones rumbling around. No wonder why she has been feeling like crap.

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