Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 1, 2019 April Fool's Day shenanigans

We were up early to find out what time we should bring in our boat to R&B boatyard.  Dave had left a message last Friday, but hadn’t heard back.  Well, he found out this morning that our boat is scheduled for NEXT Monday to Wednesday, April 8-10!  We told him to keep us on the schedule.  He said he may even be able to start on Friday and would let us know.

The problem was that our next friends are flying into the southern part of Eleuthera on April 7.  They are really easy going, so I sent them a text about checking into changing their flights.  Of course, I had to begin by telling them this wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke.  If it was too complicated, we could rent a car and pick them up at their original airport. 

Within the hour they texted back that the flights were all set to fly into Spanish Wells.  Now we had to switch gears.  We had a week to do some boat projects without having to move the boat anywhere. 

First we started a load of laundry.  Dave decided to work further on the dinghy.  We did the switch of the two dinghies again.  While hanging laundry, a pillow case was “man overboard”.  It started floating away from the boat.  Dave had to get into the Pudgy with no motor and row over to it.  What a circus. 

Dave tried to place more patches on the dinghy.  The material is damaged from 5 years in the sun and looking worse all the time.  Looks like we’ll be getting a new dinghy this summer. 

We have been noticing odd sounds from the water pump for some time.  Dave even brought a new pump with us, just in case.  We noticed this morning that the water pressure was light to begin with then would go to full strength.  By 2:30, the water stopped all together.  What an April’s Fool Day this was turning into.  Dave cleaned the raw water screen.  He found a loose wire, repaired that.  Everything was great!! 

We had an early dinner while we watched a movie.  After dinner, no water!!  I brought in the laundry before sunset while Dave put in a new pump.  There is a reason we don’t have a guest cabin.  It is our garage full of spare parts and tools. 

My mother used to always say that bad things happen in 3’s.  Today we had the schedule wrong for the haul out, and the water pump quit.  And I’m counting the pillowcase going overboard as the third one, because we don’t want anything else today. 

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