A New Water Pump

1/30 Wednesday, 54/48, mostly cloudy, NE20 - The northeast wind returned this morning, an unwelcome but expected guest this time of year. We had transient neighbors arrive yesterday on a Catalina 280, and they left their dinghy trailing out into the fairway (I hadn’t noticed), so that during the night it swung around and started knocking on our hull up by the V-berth. Attuned to the sound of a “dinghy attack”, I was immediately awake, but confused about how it could happen since “Coquille” is on the foredeck. I crawled out of bed and padded outside in my pj’s and bare feet to see what was going on, which was quite obvious once I got there. Then I faced the challenge of waking and communicating with our soundly sleeping neighbor, while being groggy myself, “Please Sir, secure your dinghy".” It would have made a laughable dialogue to hear recorded, because I’m sure it sounded more like, “Knock, knock, knock…hrmph-grunt (point)…Mmm…hrmph-grunt (nod)…rnghhh…mmm…”

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After breakfast, Dobbs repaired our chafed starboard bow line with a short splice.

We noted that even the portion of the line bearing on the piling was wearing, so I repurposed a pair of pants I’d found in the “free pile” in the laundry room as extra chafe protectors.

By mid-morning, we were fully entrenched in the exhausting bob and jerk of the northern C-dock fairway in a NE breeze. I decided to go scout empty slips to see what our options might be (I found 4) once we’re able to move, and then inquired at the office to see if any of them were available. One of the slips, D-144, between D & E docks on the south side, had just been vacated this morning. It turns out that was THE only open slip, and we’ve been approved to move there. It appears to be a much less active location.

The new water pump arrived after lunch and - Hey! - we’ve got a runner.

As soon as the chop dies down in here, we’ll be re-locating. The thermostat is still letting the engine get too warm at the speed we like to idle, though only after 10 minutes of idling, and the minute the throttle is increased, it opens. We’ll try one last new, untampered-with (no extra holes drilled) thermostat of the Catalina Direct variety and see how that works.

While I put together an invoice for our work yesterday, Dobbs rode out to Ten Speed Drive bike shop and bought new bearings for the tandem’s forward lower bracket - $4 (again, try THAT with a sailboat part). Good customers and friends that Steve and Judy are, shortly after I’d sent the invoice, Steve was knocking on Grace’s hull with payment in hand. I invited him into the warm cabin and we sat at the table talking until Dobbs returned. Then, around 4:30pm, we all walked up to the grass to give Murph a walk. Steve headed back to Norne Gaest. For dinner, I made spaghetti with meat sauce. The wind has mercifully laid down a smidge, so we might be able to sleep tonight. If it’s still like this (a touch less bouncy) at dawn, this ship will be sailing to her new slip.