Another Suprise

We took Monday off to rest and because Doreen was not feeling well.  Today we got back to work on Lanikai.  First of all Bill got the hoses for the head outlet re-attached from the new valve to the anti-siphon device that Bill earlier removed and cleaned.  This finished an almost-finished project from Sunday.

Then we opened up the forward bilge and emptied it of the fenders stored there.  Bill replaced a bad valve controlling salt water to the water maker. Then he tackled the large thru hull valve that feeds all the non-engine salt water.  It seemed loose the last time that he opened it.  Well, he tightened the loose ell and worked on the valve to get it to turn more freely, but when he went to tighten it – the whole valve fell apart.

Rotten valve

The valve was completely rotten and we were lucky that it chose here and now to fall apart and not when Lanikai was back in the water!

We were going into town this afternoon anyway to pick up our repaired parts from the shop, so when we went into town, we took the bad valve and the fittings that screw into it (to size a new valve correctly).  We lucked out as the shop that had repaired our many other bad parts also had a nice replacement valve.  They needed to cut a new key for the main engine prop but everything else was repaired and ready for us.  We waited for the key to be cut and they even cleaned up the fittings that we had brought.

Best of all they drove us and our parts back to the yacht club!!  It was quite a walk (in the mid-afternoon heat and humidity) from where we left the bus to the shop, which is right next door to the ferry terminal at the far west end of the sand spit that forms Puntarenas.  The parts were quite heavy so the ride was much appreciated.

A few beers, some nice ceviche, and the day is over…