Moving Back Onboard the Sandflea
November 26-28, 2019
Watch Episode 92 here!
It’s finally time to move back aboard the good ship Sandflea! In this post we rent a uHaul truck, fill it up with cruising gear and food, and make the 1-way trip to Florida.
We pack up the moving truck and get ready for the 7 hour drive to Green Cove.
We are greeted with a beautiful sunrise as we drive South to Green Cove Springs and the Sandflea.
The next day we finish unpacking the truck and getting everything onto the boat so we can return the moving truck. It’s so cold when we wake up!
Getting the boat organized!
November 29-30, 2019
Watch Episode 93 here!
I may have caused our Whale water pump to explode. Chalk it up to a rookie mistake, but when I replaced our water lines, I inadvertently attached a pressurized water line to the non-pressurized foot pump.
A bit of drama occurred when I flipped on the water pressure breaker for the first time. A minor explosion and a bit of theatrical screaming was the result. The solution, however, is to run a new non-pressurized water line through a very inaccessible area of the boat. Ah the unexpected joys and surprises of boat life!
We have a yummy pizza dinner and decorate the Christmas Pole.
After dinner, as we’re getting ready for bed, the water pump explodes all over the floor of the cabin. This is when we realize that Ben accidentally hooked the foot pump up to the pressure water pump coming from our water tanks!
The next day we go to Ace Hardware to get the supplies needed to fix the foot pump, and a new faucet for the galley sink. Molly sends a letter to Santa.
We get back to the boat, and get to work putting in the new lines from the water tank to the sink for the foot pump.
December 1-3, 2019
Watch Episode 94 here!
Molly, our resident swabby, installs our new CPT Autopilot.
Thank goodness there is such a talented engineer aboard our humble sailboat to handle such delicate installation projects.
Ben also handles the task of rewiring the mast lights and VHF antenna. There’s a good chance that everything will work correctly when he’s done, but we’ll see.
After this, the only thing left to do is to leave the dock, point our boat South, and start making our way towards the islands.
Oh man! I can almost feel the warm breeze now. It won’t be long at all until we’re back at our home-away-from-home…
Molly helps Ben install the new CPT Auto Pilot, and he hooks up the VHF wire.
We get some rain, so the Swabby bails out the dinghy. The Sandflea is looking ready to leave the dock and start her new adventure!
We’ve had a successful move aboard the Sandflea, Molly celebrates with a juice. Ben installs the new grill, and we have a wonderful dinner with some new friends on SV Gogo.