After four long months, Andy finally made it back to the boat safe and sound! Originally, I was supposed to get back first and then he would join a few weeks later. It turns out to be a pretty good thing that Andy got back first as I’m not sure I would have known what to do (I have to say, my lady sense kind of kicked in and anticipated this). First off was the smell….it smelled like it did when we bought it. You know what we did then? Ripped it all out and started over! But this was anticipated. You can’t leave a boat closed up for four months in the middle of the wettest place on earth and expect not to have a little mold and a little stink.
I’m not sure the order of things, but lets imagine Andy is working hard at cleaning and scrubbing and decides he wants to go in to shore to get more paper towels, cleaning solution, whatever (cold beer?). He pumps up the dinghy, lowers it, unlocks everything, and goes to start it. The outboard carburetor freezes up. Minor set back…Andy being the handy man he is, gets that fixed pretty quickly (relatively speaking) in between rain showers. Now he’s off to shore. Almost there and “vroommmmm….put, put, put”….nothing. Water in the fuel tank. I’m guessing he paddled back to the boat at this point (more than likely in the rain). He dried out the spark plugs, carburetor and fuel tank and got her going one more time.
By this time, it’s probably time to eat and not wanting to hop right back into the rain, Andy decides to have a nice hot bowl of Ramen noodles. He goes to light the propane and well, no good. The solenoid is stuck closed. You can guess my laid back husband is starting to lose his patience. After all, he’s been traveling for four days and comes home to sleep in a stinky boat with no fan (it broke right before we left), and no ability to raise the hatches since it’s raining cats and dogs and now every attempt he makes to get things right is failing. You know the drill….one problem leads to many.
So he does the only thing a man in his position would do…he goes to grab a cold beer. Not happening…the fridge isn’t keeping its charge.
I’m glad I wasn’t there.
Lots of trips to ACE hardware later (and no doubt lots of cold beers at the Rusty Anchor), all is on the way to working the way it’s supposed to.
One thing that wasn’t nasty that I felt sure would be was the head. Andy said it was surprisingly normal, with the exception of one poor goby that was unfortunate enough to be sucked in when Andy filled the bowl with water. He made his way back out on the next flush, but you can imagine he wasn’t happy.
Even with all of the problems Andy had, I think we’re pretty lucky in the overall scheme of things. It was the first time leaving Savannah for more than a week and given the things that could have gone wrong, we’re in pretty good shape. After all, the boat is still there, right (and floating)? And it contains all the stuff it had in it when we left J.
Just three more weeks and Jake and I will be happily reunited with Andy and we’ll all be bitching about the rain and smell together (because in reality, that boat will never get aired out if there isn’t a break in the clouds). We’ll be sporting new sheets for Jake’s bed and new fabric for our pillows (that should take care of some of those smells). We’re bringing a new wifi booster antenna – if the post office ever gets it here – and some cable so Andy can hook up his latest purchase, a depth sounder! I’ll have snow pea with drawls (and all other fresh veggies while we’re talking about it) and Jake will miss Chick-fil-a, but I think we’ll adjust fine as we eat our $1/lb tuna.
Living on a boat sounds strange to some, but we’ve learned from this trip that as uncomfortable and cramped as it can be at times, it’s a small price to pay for getting to wake up every day with each other while living our dream. We’re definitely looking forward to being a family again.
Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers and well wishes…it looks like it worked.