On Saturday, I finished up my string of shifts at Southern Maine Medical Center. That evening after work, I enjoyed another evening of Jazz at Blue, reveling in the music of trumpeter, Chris Klaxton, and his group which consisted of a drummer, bassist, and vocalist. They were exceptional, playing a variety of jazz from standards to Monk.
Sunday morning, I flew from Portland, Maine to Detroit, Michigan where I met up with my lovely bride who had flown in that same morning from Akron, Ohio. From there, we shared the same flight to Baltimore, Maryland and then drove back to Port Annapolis Marina. Arriving shortly after 1 p.m., we found, as expected, Beatitude, not in the water, but “on the hard,” a phrase which means the boat is up on dry land. She was suspended on the straps of the lift with blocking beneath.
Since we would be away for a couple of weeks, we decided to go ahead and install new electronics on Beatitude, something we’ve been thinking about since before we started cruising. We decided to go with Garmin to replace our existing Raymarine electonics. This included replacing the chartplotter and instruments at the helm station, the radar, autopilot, AIS, wind instrument, and depth/speed/temperature transducers. That’s all now complete, and I can’t wait to use them! We haven’t had a functioning AIS since we bought the boat. We’ve not had a functioning wind speed and direction indicator for the past year.
When Beatitude needed to be hauled out to replace the depth/speed/temperature transducer, we realized her bottom paint was in sore condition. It had been fifteen months since we had hauled her in St. Petersburg, FL for bottom painting. I had hoped to make it last for 18-24 months, but it was obvious she needed a new bottom job now. So, while our home was out of the water, we had two new coats of anti-fouling paint applied. A problem was also noted with the steering when the electronics were being installed. The sheave pin was almost out which would have allowed both sheaves to come loose, which in turn would have made steering a challenge! I’m glad they made that discovery when they did!
Then… when she was placed back in the water for a sea trial for the newly installed electronics, the fine folks at Port Annapolis Marina noticed a vibration in the port-side engine. I, too, had noticed increased vibrations in that engine for some time, but chalked it up to my imagination, especially since I had climbed down into the engine compartment when I first noticed it and saw nothing suspicious. It never occurred to me that it could be the prop causing the vibration. Sure enough, the prop was the culprit. The inner core of the prop had deteriorated considerably causing the prop to wobble significantly as it spun. So, now we have new props on order which will be installed this week.
In the meantime, Cindy and I are staying on Beatitude for a couple of nights while she is suspended on dry land. Even though we’re not in the water, it is still relaxing to be back on board. We are taking advantage of an already-paid-for marina stay and the time deemed necessary for the completion of the needed boat work to fly out to Berkeley, California for a few days to visit our son, Jeremy, and his wife, Fran. We leave on Monday morning for a long flight to the West Coast for a few days of California relaxation. Today was a day of catching up on financial matters and mail, catching up on boat maintenance issues, and preparing to be gone again for a few days. It’s been a rather dismal, rainy day outside, but those days will come.
Next Sunday we will return to Annapolis. At that time, hopefully, Beatitude will be back in the water. If all goes well, we plan on leaving the area on Tuesday to continue our journey northward.