|Zappa watching for logs as we leave Shelter Bay.|
We have new appliances in the galley; a new propane cooktop, a new refer, and a new convection microwave oven. We got to try them all and so far so good. Kathy loves the propane cooktop. The refer is quiet and uses virtually no electrictiy compared to the old home unit that was in the boat. The convection microwave is something we need to learn how to use. It is supposed to function as an oven and we did cook potatoes in it for dinner and they turned out good. But, we really don't know how to use this thing yet. The furnace performed perfectly overnight and easily kept the salon at 68 degrees despite the low 30's temp outside. I installed setback timers on both the pilothouse "loop" and the salon "loop". This let me turn off the pilothouse and salon heat overnight and set it to come on an hour or so before we woke up so both areas were warm for us when we woke up. It was very nice not to have to heat it all night (a total waste of diesel and electricity) or wake to a 30 something degree room. Luxury!
We wanted to take a dinghy ride Saturday afternoon but it was cold with a slight breeze (making it even colder!) and it was drizzling. So we decided to stay inside and hang out. The kids played with some Legos while Kathy and I did some reading and puttering on the boat. The drizzle stopped so I put the dinghy down only to find out that the motor starting battery was too weak to get the motor running. Bummer. Maybe I better install a bigger battery? So I put the dinghy back up and went back inside.
|Trying to get the Yamaha outboard started. No luck.|
|Playing with legos. We are enjoying the furnace (short sleeves!).|
Kathy and I turned in at about 11:00 after watching a DVD. We never get to do this at home. Being on the boat is definitely a nice change of pace, and it's very relaxing for us all. It is raining from time to time during our DVD and we can hear the raindrops dancing on the boat deck above us.
In the morning we wake to a beautiful sunny day with no wind. It is cold outside. The foredeck is a sheet of ice when I go to pull the anchor at around 9:15AM. Brrr!
|Playing "UNO" on our way back to Shetler Bay.|
|Now that's some COLD water!|