Well we're still here at Haven Harbor Marina in Rock Hall, Maryland and will be at least through Tuesday...we're on a boat so we understand that plans change (often at the capricious hand of the boat gods)!!! We pulled in about a week ago thinking we'd only be here long enough for them to fix our watermaker (which has never really worked!) and for September Song to get a couple new batteries - thus was not to be the case however. After a day of trying to decipher what was wrong with our watermaker all to no avail, the guys here who had installed it decided there was simply a gremlin in the thing and took the whole thing out and shipped it back to the manufacturer Spectra so they can fix and test it or send us a whole new unit - when they tested our watermaker to figure out what was wrong, rather then desalinating water it was doing the opposite, it was making saltier water!!!!! Go figure!! Who knows when it will be back in but whenever that is, we'll have to come back to Haven Harbor for the re-install. Now that we are in the Chesapeake, we don't really need the watermaker so it's not a huge inconvenience but hopefully it won't take too long as we have places to go and people to see and cruising to be done!!!
The same guys who were working on our watermaker all that first day were the ones supposed to be working on SS's batteries so that was delayed a bit - unfortunately they needed four new batteries and the two that had been ordered were wrong anyways!!! So new ones were ordered which should have been a simple (albeit costly) solution - but NO, we're on boats!! When the guys had tested the batteries some electricity arced and blew out Bob's super dooper high tech bilge sensors....UGH!! Those have been ordered and should be in on Tuesday because of course we are in the middle of a long weekend and nothing is getting done around here until after that!!
Thinking there are worse places to hang out for a week, we decided to sit tight with SS and Doug would do some maintenance on Gypsies while I caught up on some long overdue boat projects (there's always something!!!) What is normally a simple oil change on the main engines turned into a nightmare for Doug halfway through the job - when we had the engines aligned down in St. Augustine, they had lowered the starboard engine and now there is absolutely no room to either get the old oil filter off or put a new one in!!!! Doug finally got the old one off by drilling a hole in it to drain out the oil (can you say that created one heck of a mess!!) and using a saw to cut it out - it wasn't pretty!! However putting a new filter in is the hard part without getting the engine out of alignment again. One idea after another has been tried...and failed!! Several trips by the marina staff to scout out smaller filters has been to no avail and Doug and I ran to Tolchester Marine yesterday to try and get a replacement gasket in case the one on the engine tore when Doug "tried something" - after barely beating the clock on their closing time, they didn't have the right gasket!! Unless a new brainstorm occurs to someone, we now think we are back to having to order a remote filter assembly from John Deere on Tuesday which will (hopefullly - please, please!) come in on Wednesday which should get us out of here on Thursday to Baltimore (which is good because I have a train out of there on Friday to head back to Massachusetts for a couple days to see family and friends!!) So keep your fingers crossed that on Tuesday and Wednesday the boat gods are in a benevolent mood for once when they wake up and all goes well!!!
One would think that all this boat stuff would get us down but it doesn't - we understand that stuff just happens on boats and you have to deal with it and just have fun. So that's what we've been doing in Rock Hall despite the several days of freezing cold temperatures that sent Bob to don jeans and our boat kitties to snuggle together.
Two days ago we decided to hit happy hour at the Harbor Shack (yet again - we feel like Norm in Cheers since all the bartenders now know us and have a cold coors light can waiting for us as we settle onto our same barstools!) with September Song before heading over to Waterman's Restaurant for dinner.
After that it was on to Waterman's and what can only be called a disgusting display of smackin', pickin' and eatin' crabs for Doug and Bob - we are after all in the Chesapeake. They indulged in the all you can eat crab feast (which by the way had a two hour time limit - are you kidding???) Our once pristine wooden table got covered up in brown paper and an enormous tray of liberally spiced crabs was set between the boys - the joy on their faces (the boys not the crabs) was something to behold.
Yesterday we borrowed the marina car and headed over to Chestertown which is a really cute place with gingerbread houses and a lovely college campus running through the downtown area for a big farmers market. We love these and try to find them wherever we go since they give us a great opportunity to stock up on really fresh produce and fresh baked bread (and in SS's case, pies, cakes and sticky buns!) This one was great - lots of local vendors selling all kinds of good stuff. We spent the afternoon by the pool with our cooler and a couple books - the weather was gorgeous so we took full advantage of it!! Today might have to be another lazy day by the pool and who knows, we might find our way to the Shack later (after all Sunday is happy hour all day and they have a band this afternoon for the holiday weekend!!!)
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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