We have spent the last couple months moving slowly down the East Coast, taking in the little villages, bigger towns and the rivers and swamps of North and South Carolina. Who would have thought there was so much to see? It is unfortunate that Covid has limited some of what we could (or would) do, but we still feel we got a pretty good flavor of the Carolina coast.
Moving in in Charleston
We are now ensconced in a marina very near Charleston in Mt Pleasant. Marina’s in Charleston are rather expensive and they all have quite strong currents which makes for difficult docking.
Tolers Cove, is full of sport fishers but tucked away in a little spot with no current and quite nice views of the salt grass marshes. Close to shopping but a bit isolate. And the rates are much better than in downtown Charleston where all the big marina’s and boats like ours are. We plan to be here for a month, working on our next round of projects.
The Projects; New Heat
We have been planning to install a boiler for hydronic heat since buying the boat. The boat used to have it, but the boiler was removed by the previous owner as it did not work. The bones are still in place so we’ve ordered the new boiler and had it shipped to our boat broker who happens to live in Mt. Pleasant. It comes by truck from Seattle on a pallet and is supposed to arrive Monday. The boiler not pallet sized, that would be way too big for the boat. Once you get all the parts and coolant for the lines, it adds up to a pallet.
Hydronic heat on a boat? Not quite like infloor radiant which we have at our Santa Fe home. It is basically a hot water heater that runs on diesel, not natural gas or propane. The burner ignites, heating antifreeze in the tank that then circulates through the boat to each room where there are small heat exchangers with fans that transfer the warmth to us! The heat exchangers and fans are all in place, we just need to add the boiler (and other stuff….) The engine does not need to be running (although you can take a heating loop through the engine to take advantage of the heat generated there too), we do not have to be on shore power or running the generator. Yeah!
We have started removing the remaining unneeded pieces as the boilers now are more sophisticated. Clean up, getting rid of stuff in the lazarette, sprucing up the paint where it will go, etc.
The Projects; A New Water Pump
Our water pump is still working, but is leaking, sometimes has a lag in starting and quite noisy. One does not want the water pump to die. A critical component for the boat for anything where we want fresh water, sinks, toilets and showers.
So, we have a new water pump, a different kind that is supposed to be quieter and is much smaller. Jim has split the lines from the water tanks, to provide an a/b option, one to each pump. That part is installed but we are still using the old noisy, dying pump.
Today, Jim will complete the install of the new pump and we’ll begin using that one. There is not much space in the compartment, just about Jim size. Not his favorite place to work….
A Pictorial Review
Follows is a short pictorial update on our fun since my last post.
Jim tells me we are off to the hardware store for water pump parts, these will be daily trips for awhile until these projects are done. So, I’ll close for now.