We took a truckload of Bright Water stuff and other boat stuff to the marine garage sale at Fisheries Supply in Seattle. We got there at about five am and set up a table with a Coleman lantern in the center. The bright light helps attract buyers.
Nancy sold everything in the first five minutes. Or so. Anyway, we were out of there at about nine with significantly less stuff and a little bit more money.
We tried to spend the money as quickly as possible before it spoiled. We removed the ancient macerator pump from Tidepool’s poop management system and converted to a gravity drain.
A bronze valve is more reliable than an electric pump.
If we’re moving, at least a little bit, the boat tilts enough so that all the “water” will drain aft and out of the boat. Of course, we only drain the holding tank when our legal team has reviewed all pertinent law and cleared us for a voiding operation. It’s generally a four-day review process.
Desolation Sound oysters cut another hole in our twenty-year-old dingy, so we decided to get a fresh one. It’s a little heavier, but the tubes are bigger and it stores in the same place. It’s still only 53 pounds, so it’s easy for Nancy and I to carry ashore, even if the 2 hp Honda outboard (30 pounds) is mounted.
We installed a new house battery to replace the failed one and decided to upgrade the solar panel as well. We sold the 50W panel and on/off controller and bought a 100W panel and a MPPT controller. Because the controller is better, the swap should actually get us about three times the power.
The panel install is cleaner, too, although we will see some shading from the radar dome. I didn’t want the big panel up in the air when we’re driving down the highway. I even pop-riveted a NASCAR air dam onto the front of the panel so it doesn’t get ripped off the roof. Probably overkill, but spiffy none-the-less.
I built a navigation computer and media center out of a TV and a RaspberryPi micro-computer. It runs OpenCPN for navigation and KODI to watch videos. It’s supposed to receive AIS, too, using a cheap add-on, but I can’t get that to work. We’ll see.
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