Monday, March 22, 2010

Rainy Day

Today it looks more like Maine than the Bahamas. We have been having thunderstorms and rain since 4 A.M. in advance of a cold front. Luckily there haven’t been any high winds. In fact it is flat calm and the boats are pointed in all different directions. This is a good way to meet your neighbors, since the moorings in Hope Town are very close together, and sometimes we get stern to stern and have to push off. This only happens when the wind dies and the current is slack, both a rarity.

When it rains there is a steady stream of water that flows from the flybridge down onto the sundeck and then out the scupper drains into the water.
It’s a great time to clean the decks but it’s a shame to waste the water. Dave, forever the inventor, has come up with a great water diverter and catchment system. By plugging up the drain holes from the flybridge and installing a hose, he can either divert the water overboard so the sundeck doesn’t get wet, or run the hoses into containers. First we let the rain wash away the salt water on the decks. Then the remaining fresh water is stored for either cleaning or flushing out our engines and generator when New Horizon goes into summer storage.

What an ingenious idea!

1 comment:

  1. I knew there had to be a way to capture rain water. Great idea. Now get a patent so the invention idea isn't stolen.