Stocked with supplies from Costco and with spare parts from Fisheries Marine, we were ready to depart on Easter Sunday. Our good friend, Rob, joined us for coffee and pastries before seeing us off; we so much appreciated his thoughtful gesture and we will miss his company. We headed out in nice weather, saying goodbye to the Seattle skyline and arrived at Anacortes, Washington around 6:30pm. It had been 200 hours since an oil change and Leonard wanted to change the oil after the engines had been running - the oil is thinner and easier to pump out while still warm.
A small hose mounted in the engine room with
an “on-off switch” is used to pump oil from both engines as well as from the
generator. The process is fairly simple,
Leonard holds the hose inside an empty jug and turns on the switch, then turns
the switch off when the jug is full - a sequence used to fill up each empty
jug. Unfortunately, when Leonard moved
his arm back slightly to get the second jug ready, the curved hose bumped the
switch, turning it to the on-position!
Oil came gushing out, Leonard quickly put his thumb over the end of the
hose which only caused the oil to splatter further.
He then quickly turned the switch off and
spent the next hour cleaning up the mess.
He was so discussed with himself he didn’t even ask me to come help cleanup. Too bad, because now I have no pictures to
share of Leonard engrossed in his mess.
I should have been suspicious when I heard rumblings in the engine room
and it was taking him longer than usual to change the oil. Ironically, Rob had called us during the
day’s cruise to ask how things were going, Leonard mentioned he was planning to
change the oil once we got to Anacortes and bragged about having the routine
down so well that he barely spills a drop; oops, guess he spoke too soon.
The next day was spent researching and finalizing
our options for phone and internet connection, verifying procedures for
customs, and obtaining charts of Northern Alaska for our Raymarine
plotter. Charts had already been loaded
on our computers but not yet for the boat’s plotter. And, oh yes, Leonard fessed up to his fiasco
in the engine room.
He even repeated the
story for our good friends Susan and Chris whom we met for dinner at Anthony’s
restaurant. We always enjoy their
company and have so much in common that there’s never a dull moment. It was so nice to see our friends and it was a great way to
end the day.
|Pump with Hose Coiled and Tied|
|Note Hose proximity to On-Off Switch|
|Pumping Oil into a Container (note switch location)|
|Anthony's Restaurant at Cap Sante Marina|