Inside Passage Ramblings From the Dockside
Lazy Days and Boat Jobs: Mixing it up in Ocean FallsSaturday, May 09, 2015S.V. CAMBRIA
We only intended to spend a couple of days in Ocean Falls but found the appeal of being tied up and plugged in too much to resist; before we knew it, two days had turned into four.
It’s difficult to say what we had to recover from – a week of being pummeled by high winds, two long days on the water listening to the constant drone of the engine, or both. But we were tired and needed some time to rest up and get some boat work done.
For me, it was a list of mundane chores – paying bills, making reservations for
Glacier Bay, sorting the trash so it
could be incinerated, washing the deck.
For David, it was the water maker.
When we were in a few weeks ago, he
attempted to commission it and discovered the high pressure pump wasn’t
working. We have a rebuild kit aboard,
so he left the job until we reached Gorge Harbour where he could have
access to a workshop if he needed it.
But what he was really doing was taking the time to work through the
issue in his head before he attacked it. Ocean Falls
In the end, the pump didn’t have to be rebuilt. When he took it apart, everything looked pretty good. He did think one of the valves was sticking a bit though and discovered that there was a whole set of o-rings that hadn’t been installed. So, he cleaned it up and added the o-rings and now it works better than ever. The funny thing is I’ll be surprised if we use it at all this season, but it’s good to know it’s there and working if we need it.
With the job complete, we said our good-byes and dropped our lines yesterday afternoon, making our way down to Shearwater for the night. Normally we’re reluctant to leave
, but not this time. Now that we’re rested up, we’re excited to
reach areas we haven’t seen before. Or
maybe we’re just looking forward to soaking in the Ocean Falls in hot springs ; it’s a tough call. Bishop Bay
This next section of the
Inside Passage will be “dark” – no wifi
or cellular signals to keep us connected.
And that’s fine. We always seem
to be more productive without the distraction anyway, or at least I am. So, the next time you hear from us we’ll be
in , the last Canadian city before the Prince Rupert border. Technically it’s four or five day away, but
we have no idea how long it will take.
That’s up to Mother Nature . . . and us. US