I really like Spanish Wells. It reminds me of a typical New England seaport town with a moderate amount of hustle and bustle throughout the day with commercial vessels coming and going in this small narrow harbor. We are moored just at the east end of the harbor and have a front row seat to all the activity. From the mooring field, it is a very short dinghy ride across the harbor to town (about a 9-iron in distance). The townspeople are so nice and helpful. There are multiple places with free and efficient wifi service. Trash disposal is free at any of the multiple cans along the street (You must pay up to $6/bag to dispose of your trash in the Exumas). It would be a pleasant place to spend a few weeks.
This morning, March 3, I decided to take a look at my overheating starboard engine. First of all, I checked the raw water strainer, which had quite a bit of gunk in it (small shells and debris). I cleaned this, but was doubtful that the dirty strainer was the sole source of the problem. Next, I pulled the impeller and found it to be a problem. Multiple rubber spokes were broken off the wheel. I had to replace the impeller, which wasn’t really a problem, but then I had to try to find the small pieces of rubber that had broken off the impeller and gone further downstream. I followed the hose along and disconnected it from the engine. Then, I flushed a little water through the hose and out came multiple small pieces of black rubber. I’m hoping I got all of them. After putting everything back into its place, I fired up the engine and all worked well. There was an increased flow of raw water out of the side port which is a good thing. I revved the engine for a little while and it did not overheat. The true test will be when we depart from Spanish Wells. As Captain Ron says, “If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen out there!”
Since I was on a roll, I decided to take a look at the port engine starting battery. It has been non-functional for the past 2-3 weeks. I’ve had to start the port engine off the starboard engine battery. I played the contortionist and slithered into a hole at the foot of our bed where the battery is stored. After some unusual positioning, I finally removed the battery to take into town. There are several marine stores and repair facilities in town. In the afternoon, I took it to Spanish Wells Marine and Hardware, where they tested the battery and found it to be shot. So, I purchased a new starting battery and brought it back to the boat. I also picked up a couple of O-rings for the water maker which I’m hoping will allow me to make water on auto mode rather than having to manually do so.
Around four in the afternoon, we dinghied down toward the west end of town and tied up Dalí to the concrete wall which runs along the side of the harbour. We walked through town for a while, stopping at CW’s Grocery for some bread and to inquire about laundry. They do have washers and dryers which cost $6/each per load. We decided to do some bucket laundry tomorrow. We then walked on to the Budda Snack Shop for happy hour, dinner, and wifi. We enjoyed it just as much today as yesterday. Again, the food and drinks were good and cheap, the wifi was fast, and the people pleasant. Around 7:45, we dinghied back to Beatitude and watched one of my wife’s favorite movies, Ever After.