Drip, drip drip. There was a leak somewhere and i was determined to find it.
The bilge pumps had not turned on, so that made it easier. The leak was not into the bilge.
Living for the most part on a boat, it is amazing how my senses have become much keener. I see, hear and small things, like never before.
In New York, Julie has a group of people who really help her live in and appreciate the moment. Dauntless has done that for me.
During the night, I noticed the water pump cycling on for a few seconds. Now I was sleeping, so it was unclear to me how often this was happening, but I probably heard it five times in the course of the night.
I would hear it, then go back to sleep. I wondered if I heard it because I was already awake or did it waken me? I think the latter; otherwise I would hardly have been sleeping. Much like when sleeping in the pilot house, I would awake whenever a light appeared in front of me. The rising of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon always woke me without fail.
So this morning, I decided to tackle this problem before doing anything else, even getting dressed. There was a leak and I would find it before getting distracted.
So there I was with my LED flashlight, my cozy slippers and nothing else. Grateful no one could see me, for I am sure it was a comical sight.
Deciding to start at the bow, I looked at the forward shower and sure enough, drip, drip, drip. I opened the faucet and closed it again, tighter. The drip stopped.
Problem solved. Yes, sometimes, it’s as simple as that.
In fact, as I understand Dauntless better and she understands me, problems tend to be simple.
Why? because we found the right boat of the right brand, Kadey Krogen, that was optimized for what we wanted to do with her.
I’m debating whether to write more extensively about the systematic process we went through to find this boat and be where we are today.