Adventures in living on the hook

At the start of April 2018, we made the switch from slip to anchorage. Thinking we were prepared for this, we set anchor and began the new chapter of our life aboard SV Shindyah.

Have you ever been ‘tested’ by life? Surely once or twice. A seemingly long stretch of bad luck, random hardships, you know the deal. Yup. It has been an experience, to say the least.

It started out with a pleasant evening and following day on the hook. Solar panels doing their thing. House bank all happily charged. Then the ‘test’ started. House bank won’t hold a charge for long. Hey! Great time to really have an opportunity to put a real load on the generator! Considering Winter kept storming back into the room this Spring season, our electric space heaters provided a proper load on the genset. Yay! Then, as the captain of Shindyah is ashore, the trusty XO is aboard cleaning, etc. and just pea-poddling along happily. Guess what happens. Yup, you guessed correctly. The genset gurgled burbled, beeeeeeeep, shut itself down. About five minutes later, I was able to get her running again. An hour goes by. Same. Dang. Thing. Ok FINE! Yanmar to the rescue! Diesel engine for the win!

The house bank was so thirsty. The one thing we never did whilst on shore power was to check the water levels of the batteries. That’s right, we inadvertently murderlated our house bank through innocent neglect.

Sams Club has the batteries a boat needs. Score! House bank replaced. Which, considering we now live at anchor, meant hauling out the old batteries on the dinghy. Then getting the new ones back to the boat. Which brings us to another part of our ‘test’.

The dink.

The dink that likes to dunk, and the little motor who couldn’t.

We have an e-motor that is great for trot lining. But isn’t great for going ashore at distance. Power.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, living at anchor is all about the amps, bout them amps, no power.

Sooooooo … pick up what appears to be a great deal on a small gas powered outboard. Yay! Half the time to shore! For a day. 700 bucks later, runs like a champ. Woohoo! Buuuuuuuut! It shakes loose a seam in the boat. Fine. West Marine, epoxy, some glass. Bam. Patched. Tooling along, no problemo. Help a boat friend out who had his outboard go swimming. Ok. Can do! Few days later, OMFG where is all this water coming from?!?? A new seam issue! That’s where. Epoxy, glass, sit in the sun and bake. Bam! Dink is ok.

Then, our first run with three people aboard the dink. DUNK! You ever see a little boat tuck and roll so fast? Well, we hadn’t and now we have. Thank gods it wasn’t colder water.

Yeah. We are so done with this blue POS! Didn’t want an inflatable rib. Yup. Now we are yearning for one.

That was on 6 May. We have had a series of unfortunate events since. Starboard lighting stops abruptly. Packing gland has a slow and steady leak. The stereo system kaput for no reason. The list goes on.

We are truly grateful the water wasn’t too cold. We have local friends who took us in for the night, and stated their casa is our home base for as long as we need it. Many thanks to the folks who helped us out of the water.

It’s now 13 May, six weeks at anchor. Still determined to make this work despite the insane amount of challenges.

One thought on “Adventures in living on the hook

  1. My sweet Laura is leaving out a lot of the depression, the financial challenges such surprises cause, the fact my work computer was on the submergible dink, and generally how much “living the dream” is sucking at the moment.

    We’re gonna get through it, but DAMN, are we ever paying our dues…

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