Life is not always perfect on Spirit
Erik Lindgren/Pia Hultgren
Fri 4 Mar 2016 15:07
Almost every day there is something to fix, to take care of or to clean in some way on a boat at sea.
Belive it or not, even on Spirit life at sea is like this.
Sailing away to the South Pacific is a long way from what most of us call civilization.
All recommendations has therefore been to do so much of the provisioning you can before leaving Panama.
And so we did.
The freezer is full of proteins and the bilge full of beers, sodas and juices... Of course on a rolling boat you can not buy beers and sodas in glass bottles, so you by cans..
One day in the paradise of Isla Isabella, Galapagos Erik and I had invited the Finnish crew for a sundowner.
So we opened the bilge to pick some beers to put in the refridgirator, and we found the cans swimming! This was just the beginning..
All experienced sailors know that salt water comes into the bilge. This is normal, and if only a little absolute nothing to worry about. So also on Spirit some salt water squezed it’s way in some where and made a nice environment for our cans to start react! When we looked at the cans it even looked as if barnacles has started to grow on them..
A juicy mix of salt water, beer and coke were floating in our bilge... (Anders, remember how pedantly we cleaned the bilge in Saint Lucia after the Atlantic crossing!)
The whole afternoon we where cleaning under the floor in the bilge and rinsed the cans. Many of the cans were just empty.
Once a day we now check the cans (now all standing in plastic boxes in the bilge) and every second day one or a few more cans are empty and we have to clean again. Now only the limited area of the box and the remaining cans!
So the lesson learned:
Never put cans where there is a risk for salty water!
Other fix and hero-works made mainly by Erik is so far,
Fixing the deck-hatch in aft cabin –with Sikaflex,
Giving Robert some love by screwing back him to the stearing system,
Adjust hatches in the galley with sand paper..
.. and more minor things..
Love and care –is what life is about, isn´t it?