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Date: 10 Dec 2009 18:14:00
Title: Day 10 - Bogs

Today was a s*** day.   Forward toilet blocked solid, and pressure back in
the pipe forced Colin to spend 3 hours or so with head down the toilet and
in the bilges taking out various bits of pipe and valves all which were
horribly blocked.  And I mean horribly!

Took out one section of pipe between the Y-valve and the seacock
and swung it against the hull outside.  You should have seen the stuff that
came out.  Calcium deposit, just like we'd been told about, had almost
entirely blocked the pipe, and came out in great chunks.

With great help from Giles the job(bie) was complete and a swim woudl have
been nice!

Now very satisfying to pump the loo.  Runs like a dream.
Note to self:  always carry a set of Y-valve spares.

Observation 5 - Water water everywhere....

As Fred Astaire once sang, 'I joined the navy to see the world, and what did
I see, I saw the sea'. Thankfully the sea and the sky have been an ever
changing spectacle, and sunsets, shooting stars, moonlit seas have provided
an absorbing backdrop to dolphins, flying fish, and what we like to think
have been boobys and frigate birds. Also, Led thinks he saw a whale. Ant who
was next to him didn't see it, but anyone who has seen Ant's spec
prescription will appreciate that this in no way undermines Led's claimed

We have plenty of water to drink and cook with, but a combination of limited
electricity (and hence limited water making) and overzealous clothes washing
has led to a new, improved water regime. Washing is frowned on, and so we
now have dirty bodies in clean clothes.

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