Sunday evening: Once settled in Little Harbour, we spent the afternoon relaxing though Michael got into some boat maintenance. We thought our water usage was reasonable but Michael thought it was still higher than it should be, considering our conservation efforts. On a boat, pressurized water to the taps and shower is supplied by a pump from the water tank. When a tap is opened and the water pressure drops, the pump senses this and kicks in to maintain water flow. We knew we had some kind of a leak in the water system because the pump would intermittently kick in when nobody was using water – especially evident overnight. It started out being every 30 minutes or so, but the interval began decreasing. So, with this in mind, Michael went to hunt for the leak. After half an hour or so, he found a pinhole leak in the engine room from the hot water supply pipe. It looked small but it was leaking a surprisingly large amount of water. After searching the boat for repair materials, he felt the best solution was to cut out the leaking section and patch it with some spare hose. Job done, no more leak and a quiet water pump all night long!
Hose repair #1 with a jury-rigged solution.
We had dinner ashore which was nice, but we all got badly bug-bitten by no-see-ums in the sand. Very itchy and uncomfortable.
The City of Little Harbour. All of it!
Monday: After an itchy and scratchy night, we had breakfast then Ilana settled in to some real work while Michael and Aidan got down to some home-schooling. Aidan also began work on his final report for school, titled “Sailboat Electrical Systems”. Around 1:00pm, we headed out to the next bay along – Great Harbour – only about a 30 minute motor away. We grabbed a mooring ball, then Ilana finished her work and we headed ashore for snacks at the famous Foxy’s, and to check out the ‘town’. The town of Great Harbour is just a stretch of beach with a variety of bars, stores and other establishments, as well as a government office and a police station. Nice place! Dinner aboard, then a game of Wizard before bed.
The sprawling metropolis that is Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke.
Tuesday: A restless night, especially for Ilana due to the itchy bug bites from the day before and the heat (the cooling breeze died down again overnight). We noticed the water pump cycling again on its own, so Michael went to check it out. Weirdly, he found another pinhole leak in a different water pipe – what are the chances of that? This time, it was deeper inside the engine room, but we found some self-sealing repair tape and this made the job fairly easy. Hopefully this is the end of our water leaks!
Hose repair #2 with self sealing tape.
The plan today is to dinghy over to the grocery store to get some Benadryl for the bug-bites,the only thing that seems to help. Then, depending in the time, we’ll head over to White Bay to visit the Soggy Dollar Bar and end up in Cane Garden Bay for the night. More on this later!