A short day covering 32 nm brought me to Solomons on Solomons Island. Arrived at a nice quiet marina across the basin from all the activity. Calvert Marina is a shoreline linear marina and must be a mile long. Much of it is old wooden fixed docks but they have 2 long floating concrete docks with new power and water and I’m on one of those for four days. There is a pool and on site restaurant at the far end – long walk- from me. Best of all it’s only $1.00 per foot per night. Upon arrival, I fueled up taking on 338 gal of diesel and got a pump out for the boat. Very good dockhands, deep water and a floating dock. They also have a loaner car (Mercedes Benz – old) for an hour at a time. What more can I ask.🤠
And now the boring part…
Also did some chores on the boat. Spent Friday morning doing some exterior cleaning from the salon roof line down to the waterline – on the starboard side. The dock is on the starboard hence that side is accessible from the dock. The transom got thoroughly washed and scrubbed with a 3m plastic pad and then with a magic eraser. When underway, diesel exhaust even though exiting underwater tends to ‘curl’ back up over the transom and it gets very dirty with exhaust smoke. Finally the swim platform itself turns a light beige from the over wash of tannic acid river water. I spray 6 sq ft sections at a time with “On and Off” (a mixture of muriatic and oxalic acit which doesn’t hurt the gelcoat), a light scrub to spread with a deck brush and then quickly hose it off. Turns it white as new!
In the engine room the thru hull fittings were exercised. Thru hull fitting are bronze fitting that allow the sea water to enter into the hoses in the boat to cool the engines, generator and the 4 air conditioner compressors. Those fittings have a valve (seacock) that is used to close off the thru hull.
If a hose were to break, you want to be able to close the thru hull quickly and easily before you sink.🙄. Salt water tends to corrode metal so it’s prudent to just open and close the seacocks periodically keeping them from seizing up. All were in good shape (I replaced all of them in April) but the starboard engine thru hull needed the exercise after only a few months. Will have to do this more often as it really takes no time.
Also needed to ass oil to both engines – about a gallon between them. This is also a relatively easy task given the cramped quarters of the engine room. The boat has an auto oil change system mounted on forward engine room wall.
It is an electric reversible motor pump with 5 hoses that run each to one of the two engines, the two transmissions and the generator. A sixth hose runs to either a full container of oil or to an empty one. Select a source and a destination and you can drain the old oil from an engine or trans to empty 5 gallon buckets; reverse the motor and you can add from a full oil container to an engine.
Last, the two sea strainers for the two engines and the one for the AC system were opened and the strainer baskets removed to the dock to be cleaned with a hose. The engine strainer baskets were pretty clean with just some shell pieces at the bottom of the basket. The AC strainer basket was in dire need of cleaning after just a weeks use since last cleaned. In addition to the scum and growth from bottom to top, there were a dozen or more jellyfish in the basket so the cleaning was certainly needed to help increase the flow of cooling water.
To complete the visual of the cooling systems, once the cooling water has done its thing by transferring engine or compressor heat to the water, the engine and generator water, now hot, exits with the exhaust underwater and the AC compressor water, now hot, exits via additional thru hulls at and above the water line. There are also other exiting thru hulls for shower sumps, sinks, and the washing machine.
More info than you wanted to know!😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤓🤓🤓