10-19 Day 25 Stayin’ Put in Pickwick


As seems to generally be the case, just when we tentatively plan a day or 2 in advance, we un-do the plan.  We have been battling what all boaters fear: ”that smell” that emanates from some unknown area and even worse for some unknown reason. Of course, it’s worse in the cabin when we sleep because we shut the back door and there is less air flow; so we awaken to the odor and declare all out war.   Thought we handled it yesterday with a 2 hour endeavor of syphoning dirty, disgusting, oily water from the engine (thanks for that last messy oil change, Dude-at-the-Marina!), wiping down with de-greaser (while doing Houdini contortions in the small space….ie me….b/c Nick doesn’t fit/bend very well!)( Yay for hot yoga class!), running about 5 rinses of fresh water through the black water holding tank, flushing even more times, pumping out each time, running the chemical thing through, etc….oh and if you’ re wondering (and I KNOW you are)  ONLY yellow goes down our toilet….nothing else…not even toilet paper!) (Altho that was NOT the case for the prior owner –so it seems that might be (part) of our problem as caked old stuff seems to be dislodging with each pump out….pleasant!)

Here’s the “clean” engine! (yes, there’s still more to clean, but you should have seen it before.)  That oil ring (center bottom of pic) and little bit of water re-accumulated after 12 hours of being totally dry and “clean”…ugh!

Also, that Dude-at-the-last-Marina thinks it’s normal to have standing water in the mid-ship bilge…but frankly 2 big painter buckets full does not seem normal to me!  So we syphoned that out ….and….it was yellow, btw…. Hmmmm…., but not smelly.

Here’s the clean/nearly dry midship/fore bilge.  There are actually 2 pump thingies here..one regular bilge and then the box thing for the shower water…but we have yet to shower inside.

We were quite pleased with our work but alas woke up again to the same smell (although slightly less strong.)  So more wiping down and letting it all air dry today at the dock w/ all the hatches wide open, fans inside blowing, and powerful sunshine (hopefully) dissipating the oil.  Another round of pump outs and refills w/ clean water too….but with temps in the 90’s again…yikes!… certain odors could exponentially reach their own new highs).

Today’s pump out w/ sister-boat captain, Don, adding a bit more than mere moral support, while B rocks the boat to loosen the “crud” during pump out.

All that was the lead up to explain that things happen and plans change quickly. (and yes, WAY more techno-talk/pix than I like!)…so now tomorrow we will head over to a full-service Marina with hopefully a better Dude-Mechanic and get it fully solved—even tho it seems substantially better.

In the meantime, while we let the sun work her magic on the oil smells, Nick had another round of golf.  He was the only one there so not only played by himself but also didn’t have anyone in front of him making him huff and puff w/ inpatience! He got the course done in record time of about 2 hours. (Yes, it was 18 holes!)

Over 150 years ago cannon balls were flying through here. Now, it’s Nick’s golf balls!  Whoa…just think about that for a little. Seriously.
Nick back from the office  with a happy welcoming committee 

And Ziggy and I went for a great loop hike around the Pickwick Landing State Park.



This almost looks like Puget Sound at low tide…but just really low water in the “lake/river”

Wrapped up the day with an evening “cruise” to get appetizers (see top feature photo for view from restaurant…note our tiny dingy and the geese flying south w/ us!), beers and even a “Dark and Stormy” (good memories, always– Right, Anonymous in Dunedin (aka Jeanette and Alan)  and Sue and Steve??)



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