Replacing the Wash Down Pump

This is very exciting! We use the powerful wash down pump to spray the mud and debris off the anchor and chain when it is retrieved. If we didn't do that, the mud and debris would get all over the bow and collect in the chain locker that is located at the head of our... Continue Reading →

Haul Out

Every couple of years Fiddler needs to come out of the water. Usually it gets hauled out for a visual inspection of the hull, to apply a coat or two of anti-fouling paint, and to clean up the propellers, drive shafts, thru-hulls, and struts. In addition, this time Fiddler's seals on the shafts and rudder... Continue Reading →

Fried Cable

Wires are sized based on the amps that will flow through them, and the length of the wire run. If the load is heavier than the wire can handle, it will get very hot and potentially cause a fire. Fuses and circuit breakers are used to protect the wiring. So when an appropriately sized wire... Continue Reading →

Tracking Maintenance

Maintaining Fiddler takes a lot of time and requires an understanding of multiple systems. Unlike a car where the maintenance is related primarily to the engine and drive train (changing the oil and other fluids, spark plugs, brakes, and rotating the tires), Fiddler has two diesel engines, two drive trains, two propellers, two rudders, hydraulic... Continue Reading →

Replacing the Cooling Pump

With the rainy and windy weather, I have plenty of time to work on projects. This week I replaced the cooling pump and raw water hoses attached to it. The cooling pump draws sea water and pumps it through the three reverse cycle AC/heat units, then over the side. It was showing signs of corrosion... Continue Reading →


Caprail I've been waiting for a stretch of three days of dry weather and it finally came last week. The caprail has taken a beating this summer and it shows. It gets scuffed, the sun fades and dulls it, and I scratch it hauling in the kayaks. Fiddler's caprail is made of fiberglass. Many boats... Continue Reading →

Water Pump Failure

I was planning to change the oil in the generator.  I pulled off the sound shield and started it up, warming up the oil, when I noticed water streaming from the raw water pump.  This pump pulls sea water into the heat exchanger to cool the coolant/engine.  I shut down the engine.  I have a... Continue Reading →

Preparing for Alaska

Our trip to Alaska is upon us!  Well, in the next day or two anyway, depending on when Alec's passport arrives. He renewed it in plenty of time but it was lost somewhere, despite the post office tracking information saying it was delivered to his apartment mail room. It apparently wasn't. So he filed the... Continue Reading →

Flybridge Seating

The last set of seat cushions/sponges I replaced are for the flybridge seating. The original cushions were foam with a zippered vinyl cover. The zippers were not watertight and had rotted away from the covering.  When it rained (this is Seattle), water soaked the foam cushions. They were essentially not useable. Plus they stained easily.... Continue Reading →

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