What do you do on a beautiful day in paradise? Get dirty? We had a few boat projects that needed to be completed in calm weather (no wind and no swell). So, we set out to do some maintenance and servicing of both Sugar Shack and Sweetie (our dinghy).
Anchored in calm waters with very little breeze made it much easier to accomplish these specific projects. We dropped the hook at North Totegegie where we had beautiful views.
What is a windlass? It is an electric wench that raises and lowers our anchor and anchor chain. It is a very important part of our boat as it would make anchoring nearly impossible without it. In a pinch, we can manually raise and lower our anchor using the hand crank method. However, we have 100 meters of 10mm stainless steel chain attached to a Spade x140 anchor that weighs in at over 65lbs. Imagine cranking all that chain and anchor up by hand – no thank you!
Our Lewmar Ocean 3 windlass (2000 watt) was running a little slow when raising the chain. Once it got going it was fine, but the startup was less than optimal. Not a problem, just needed a little love. We are at anchor with our anchor chain connected to the windlass. Can’t rightly service the windlass without removing the anchor chain, right? First things first, Matt ties a line to the last link of chain (just at the rode) and then secures it to the anchor roller so he could remove the pressure off the windlass. Then he jumped in the hole (locker) and cleaned the brushes and removed the corrosion.
Not yet at 100%…it might require a more comprehensive servicing in a month or two. For now, it is better than it was and that is good for us (maybe at 95%). A few days later, Matt took the windlass apart and cleaned all the connections. He found a loose wire that was the culprit and now the windlass is running perfectly!
Do you know what a tail tail is? It doesn’t have anything to do with your posterior or an animal. A tail tail on a boat is an indicator of how your sails are trimmed while underway. They are small, light pieces of fabric attached to the sail. When the sail is trimmed correctly, the tail tails on the windward (inside) and leeward (outside) of the sail will stream backwards. That’s when life is good. If the sail needs trimming the tail tail will either fly up or down indicating the need to tighten or loosen the jib sheet (working line) to give you optimal performance.
Our tail tails were very sad and in need of servicing. Easy enough job when there is no wind. Matt had to drop the sail onto the deck in order reach all the tail tails. You don’t want to do this in windy conditions as your jib will be flopping all over the place. We bought a kit which made replacing them super easy.
Our Jabsco washdown pump is located in a locker near the mast. This pump provides pressure to our hose to enable us to wash down the boat, the anchor chain and pretty much anything we need. It is great because we can use it with salt water or fresh water depending on how the valve is turned. We usually hose things off first with salt water, then do a final rinse with fresh water. Why is that? Because we have an abundance of salt water and a very limited amount of fresh water. Our pump was very corroded as it is in and around salt water and salty air. It worked, but it was limping along. Instead of ‘servicing’ we decided to replace her.
The pump is only attached with a few screws and clamps. Matt had it replaced in under an hour.
Servicing Sweetie – Our Dinghy
I had intended on putting the work done to service Sweetie on this blog, but it was so extensive that I ended up giving it her own blog post. Stay tuned for “Dinghy Spa for Sweetie.”
Events from this blog post occurred during the month of January 2021. Our blog posts run 8 weeks behind our adventures.