|Searching for the source of unpleasant oder; we found it.|
After the last post in our ongoing endeavor to dry the bilge, we were feeling smug for halting the weeping water tanks. I grinned to see a 1/2 cup of water, instead of a gallon or two in the bilge. But, as everyone with boats knows, there's always another surprise waiting around the corner. Our beautiful sailboat started to smell. The kind of stink that made my nostrils constrict without any help from my pinched fingers.
|Looking under the galley sole at the Pink Water. Ick.|
|Siphoning stinky-pink water from under the engine|
|How do you get under there?|
|Boat Yoga; climbing into the engine compartment with hoses.|
Everything on a boat is better as a two person job.
|The source of the pinky-orange tint;|
a socket wrench submerged under the engine.
|The transom is on the left; water appeared to be pouring out |
of a hose juncture on the Espar Heat exhaust.
Out in the cockpit, we took turns hanging upside down in the lazarette with a flashlight to trace the source back, and found water pouring from the Espar Heater exhaust hose (see above). We shut everything down and went home to start the work week, totally perplexed, because there is *no water* in the exhaust system on an Espar Heater, and it was brand new. :( What the heck.
|Standing over the lazarette, wondering how to get in|
without getting stuck, or breaking things mounted inside.
Note: if you do this alone, always have your cell phone on you. :)
|Looking up from the base of the lazarette at the contact point between the Espar & Vetus|
|A hard day's work deserves rewards. This is a Blueberry Mojito reward.|
|Blueberries, lime juice, & mint leaves - the aroma is all about summertime|
This delicious recipe is from a wonderful blog called The Novice Chef.
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup of fresh blueberries (& extra for garnish)
4 oz of clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 tsp of sugar
Juice from 2 limes, and extra wedges for garnish
6 oz club soda
Use a blender to puree all but a few of the blueberries, and set aside.
Add 8 mint leaves and the sugar to a cocktail shaker (or a bowl if you have none). Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar together.
Add the lime juice, and the rum, and the pureed blueberries; shake vigorously in the cocktail shaker (or stir in the bowl).
Pour ice and club soda into tall glasses and then pour the rum & blueberry/lime/mint mixture into the glasses. Stir gently and garnish with lime wedges and a mint leaf. Serve immediately.
These go down smooth and lip-smackingly easy, so enjoy them carefully. ;)
|Preparing for sunset on s/v Forian|
Our favorite bar book, by the founder of the
London Academy of Bartending -
Douglas Ankrah: Shaken and Stirred.