Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 17, 2017 Rock Sound dinghy leak repair

Today, Dave worked on the inflatable dinghy to find our leak.  He had renamed it our “deflatbale” dinghy.  As a safety precaution, there are 3 tubes that hold air, port, starboard and bow.  Dave thought he had noticed it the day we were leaving St Mary’s Boatyard.  He had filled it the day before and it was a little soft when we loaded it onto the davits.  We have had to pump it up almost everyday we have used it.  He checked it earlier with no luck.  So today, he lifted it out of the water and onto our deck with a halyard off of the mast.  He had a liquid he could put inside the tubes and roll the dinghy around to coat the inside.  But first he spent some time with a spray bottle of soapy water looking for the leak.  He found it on the side in an area that looked like it had been rubbed until it caused the leak. 

The patch kit said the work was supposed to be done indoors and with low humidity.  Well, that wasn’t going to happen.  Dave ran an extension cord outside to be able to use the heat gun.  He used it to keep the glue soft before adding the patch.  He struggled with getting it in the correct place without it touching anything and removing the glue.  He clamped the patch in place.  We will let it dry overnight, even though it says 20 minutes.

I made bread again today.  One of our last loaves started to mold on the top.  We usually refrigerate the bread, but hadn’t this time.  We cut off the offensive top and made French toast this morning.  Yummy. 

Tonight, with our fresh bread, we made “Big Ten” sandwiches.  There is a sandwich shop/bar on the University of Minnesota campus right next to the dental school called the Big Ten.    They had the best toasted hoagie sandwiches.  You toast the bread with garlic butter under the broiler.  Then you layer the mayo, meat and cheese and put it back under the broiler (whatever you have on hand or usual hoagie meats).  Tonight we used salami, bacon, pepperoni, cheddar cheese and feta cheese.  Then you add whatever veggies you like, or have on hand.  We had tomato, romaine, arugula, and kalamata olives.  Then you sprinkle oil and vinegar on the veggies.  Mmmm Mmmm. 

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