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What do you do when you're waiting for parts?

July 3

It was reassuring to see that the marina wants to help us out as much as possible.  They are ordering all the parts we "could" possibly need to repair the leaks. That way, once we get hauled out, they will be able to fix whatever the issue is in a timely manner, therefore minimizing the time we will be boat-less. We like their plan.

So what to do while we are waiting? 

Well, we still have a few little projects to do, which we were going to do as we went along. Papi is checking for part numbers to give to Vian, so that he can order our spare parts while we are waiting.  He'll also be working on re-sealing a couple of windows that need it.

Trying to find the belt number

Our boat fridge

We've been using our fridge for about a month now, and it was due for a defrost. Apparently, with all the hot and humid weather we've had, it can accelerate the ice build up in the small freezer. Before doing anything, I read the NOVA COOL 3100 manual and googled how to defrost a boat freezer. (I had to look it up, I've never done it before).  Turns out it is super easy and not very complicated at all.

Steps to defrosting my fridge/freezer:
1- Start by emptying the fridge and freezer - a very obvious step!
2- Turn the temperature to level 0 (or shut off the breaker) - another obvious step.
3- Place a towel in front of fridge or in bottom shelf to catch the dripping water and falling ice.
4- Place a fan in front of freezer and turn it on.
5- Wipe up water as it melts and dislodge ice as it loosens up. If it's hot like today, within 30 minutes it was all done...
6- Restock fridge!

Fan and towel in front of fridge - not a very complicated set-up

All done - and I took the time to clean it too!

Here's a couple of the ice chips that fell from the freezer!

Dinghy duty

Here I am on dinghy cleaning duty! The manufacturer recommends that we apply a UV protector to extend the life of the tubes. We had to wait until the boat provided some shade, as the UV protector's instructions said to apply "out of direct sun". And there isn't that much shade in the water!

Papi is getting trigger happy with the camera 😀

July 4 (AM)

They've ordered the parts for the boat, but they don't have a date of delivery for us. That's ok, we're going to take it one day at a time and put on our "zen" mode (and go for more dinghy rides!).

We all know the popular saying: "When life throws you lemons, make lemonade." or in our case, "Lemonade Slushies".
I think I am going to use the little Hamilton Beach mixer quite a bit!

Tina & Papi

"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with" 

– Charles Schultz


  1. Glad Papi is the one who's trigger happy with the camera and not you. Makes for nicer pics.

  2. Thank you for the chuckles Matt! Papi said you're "so funny" :-)

    Hope all is well with you guys.



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