So, we’ve been here a week now, what have we been up to?
Well, the first few days saw John’s arms up to his shoulders in our fuel tank, cleaning out the years’ worth of crud from the bottom. Well, first we had to siphon out the remaining 7 gallons or so that were in the very bottom. Toby documented the whole process and John didn’t swallow too much diesel. 🙂
When fuel sits in a tank for years and years, amazingly, things can grow in it. And since we have never cleaned our tank in the 17 years we’ve owned the boat, we decided it was high time – it’s been on our to-do list from the beginning, but we’ve always had too much fuel in the tank….until now. So now our tank is clean and filled up with fresh diesel. Don’t ask how much we paid for the fill-up, a fuel boat comes out to service visiting cruisers and takes advantage of the convenience if provides the cruisers. We could have rowed ashore, walked many blocks to the Pemex (gas) station, lugged our two 5 gallon jugs back to the dingy and rowed back. It would have taken 8 rounds of that process to get the amount of fuel we bought, we decided paying the extra to save our backs was an acceptable cost.
Once we had the engine up and running again (it’s funny how annoying it’s sound was when we wanted to be sailing, but how good it sounded when it fired back up again) we ventured ashore to explore a bit, met some fellow cruisers, found a small grocery store, and bought a few things. The kids have also had some fun flying kites from the boat.
And on Friday it was wash day – doing laundry in a bucket and hanging it all over the boat to dry. 🙂 I feel a little like Laura Ingalls Wilder and being Little House on the Water. We also enjoyed some out-door showers with water warmed in our solar shower! Love being clean and having clean clothes!
Will update more soon, maybe from a new port in a few days, we’ll see….