To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Visiting The Boatyard


Took some of the family — Niece Hjördis, CA, Sis Nancy, Mom Judy — to see Red Ranger on the hard at the boat yard.

Not shown in the picture are Bro-in-Law Andy, Nephew Sumner, and Nephew Winsor.

Red Ranger weathered the winter without too many problems.

  1. The bilge froze; when it thawed, ice in the plumbing popped a fitting off; the bilge pump then ran (endlessly) running water into the walkway where it ran back into the engine room and out through the bilge pump. Boatyard folks noticed it when they were fixing the bangrail. The woodwork suffered mightily.

  2. A circuit breaker switch broke. Clean off. Weird.

  3. We think the center hatch has a slow drip. We need to turn a hose on it and see where it's dripping. There was some water on the floor. But condensation on the inside can look like a slow drip from the outside.

  4. The zinc was gone when we hauled out. The solar panels may be producing considerable current to ground and we need much more zincage. Or, it could be some subtlety in the wiring of the inverter. Perhaps it's (somehow) shunting current to ground even though it appears to be off. We'll need to get a big multi-pound zinc fish to handle stray current better than the little prop-shaft zinc.