Monday, April 27, 2009
Now all we have to do is figure out why the electronics are acting up...
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Kevin McPadden and John Norton next to Equinox
With the weather clearing and finally beautiful, we'd stowed our road bicycles (Trek Madones) aboard, so Ron and I went riding each day: Saturday afternoon we cycled out to Sandy Point Park (18 miles) and on Sunday morning we had a LOVELY morning ride out to Arundel on the Bay and Bay Ridge, near Thomas Point (19 miles). The trees were greening, the flowering trees and red buds were blooming, the birds were singing in the sunshine...a beautiful morning!! It felt great to be back aboard the bikes again!! We averaged 15.5 miles on Sunday, and were a touch slower on Saturday...but always enjoying the ride!
Ron and Karyn on the south side of Bay Ridge
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Most of the time spent was driving to and from Dundalk, and (the hardest part) finding a cart to haul the full tanks back down the pier to the boat. Of course, Karyn had to go over to the west side of the marina to find any available carts, before unloading the tanks from the car and then returning the car back inside the garage. Lots of running around to accomplish a simple errand! Even parking is never a five-minute job!!
Once the tanks were back aboard and re-installed, Karyn worked at replacing the faulty InstaHot faucet. The stem broke on the old one and wasn't long for this world, so after a call to InSinkerator, we got a new one shipped out to us for very little money, as it was apparently still under warranty. Yes, wonder of wonders -- don't things usually break after the warranty period ends?? Amazing in itself, actually.
In any case, we received the new faucet and Karyn set about installing it last night only to discover that the compression nut and ferrule needed to reconnect the water line was not included in the kit. This discovery was made AFTER the old unit was disconnected (amidst a great deal of water continuing to come out of the water pipe even though the shut off valve was ... off!!) SO, mopping and swearing, the old unit was hooked back up. (TOLD you it's never a five-minute job!!)
This morning, on the way to get the propane, Karyn made a stop at Home Depot to find the necessary size compression nut. (Need I say it? Also NOT a five-minute job!) Armed with several absorber rags and a bucket to combat the leaking water, Karyn managed to wrestle around under the sink to disconnect the old unit from the countertop, with its connection ring nut super tight and right up against the sink where it could barely be seen unless you were twisted around onto your back half across the under-sink shelf looking up at it. NOT A FIVE MINUTE JOB!!
Shiny new InstaHot in place!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The restaurant is near the new Westin on West Street
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Above is the Seven Foot Knoll lighthouse. According to the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the lighthouse is the oldest surviving screw-pile lighthouse built as an aid to navigation on the Chesapeake Bay. It was built at the mouth of the Patapsco River in 1855 and marked the shoal known as "Seven Foot Knoll" for 133 years. Its beacon was first lit in January of 1856.
The innovative screw-pile lighthouse design, which made its first appearance in the United States in 1850, eliminated the need for underwater masonry foundations to support a lighthouse. Screw-pile lighthouses were suspended above the water by a system of cast-iron pilings with corkscrew-like bases, which could be screwed into the soft mud of the sea floor. The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was the second screw-pile lighthouse built on the Chesapeake Bay and was constructed on nine cast-iron screw piles supporting a gallery deck some nine feet above mean high water. Seven Foot Knoll was equipped with a 4th order Fresnel lens visible for 12 miles. After decades of service, the lighthouse was automated in 1948 and was Coast Guard maintained, but unfortunately the structure fell victim to its age and the elements. By the late 1960's, plans were underway to retire the light and replace it with a new navigation marker. However, the lighthouse continued to serve as an active aid to navigation until it was moved to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore in 1988, when the Coast Guard donated the lighthouse to Baltimore City to be preserved as an historic landmark.
Approaching the back of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, with the old Power Plant in the background. It now houses the Baltimore Hard Rock Cafe, ESPNZone, and Barnes and Noble, among other restaurants and attractions nearby.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM POOLES ISLAND TO SANDY POINT-
1103 AM EDT SAT APR 4 2009
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. GUSTS UP TO 30 KT...
INCREASING TO 45 KT. WAVES 2 TO 3 FT.
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. GUSTS UP TO 35 KT IN THE EVENING.
WAVES 2 TO 3 FT.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Last night Ron was feeling mechanically-inclined, so changed out the oil, oil and fuel filters, and both raw water impellers for our two generators. The impellers are the worst, only because where they are located on each engine is in a pain-in-the-ass place to access. Which makes a 10-minute job a half-hour of aggravation! But, between the two of us, all needed maintenance was completed well, oil samples prepared for analysis, and both gensets are happy little engines with clean oil!