We are down to the last few things to do on Snowaway before we splash into the ocean on Wednesday. We spent yesterday morning working on our outboard engine “Hons”, a Honda 9.9 HP four stroke. Hons got his oil changed, both engine and transmission oils. As well he got wings installed to help prevent Dutchie, our dinghy, from digging the stern down in the water; in other words, it will help keep us drier and more comfortable. Since our dinghy is very important to our lifestyle, we do anything we can to keep it functioning!
One item that we never liked on our Caliber was the microwave oven. Caliber does not include an inverter on the boat so the microwave can only be used when we are connected to shore power in marinas. And the marinas in the Caribbean use 220 not 110 V so we cannot connect to shore power here! We have been using it for storage of our mixing bowls. We ordered a door from Caliber last year and so we removed the microwave and installed the new door. There is room for our cookbooks as well as a storage bin – much more useful!
The boat yard has adopted several cats over the years. We were told last year that a long time cruiser had built this lovely house and tended to the cats. As new strays appear, the cruisers pay to have the cats spayed/neutered and they get fed twice a day. Karen has agreed to do this chore for the next week (of course it is not much of a chore…).
We are looking forward to being on the water; there should be more cooling breezes so it should be more comfortable.