When things go wrong

16 Aug

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When things go wrong humans have a natural tendency to point the finger of blame. This is true in the big, wide world – think of all the millions spent on official government inquiries, not to mention the ‘unofficial’ trials by media deciding who should be shot, at the very least, sacked in the event of a major or minor catastrophe.

It also happens in domestic situations…well, it certainly does in our little world. We’re self-confessed champion squabblers! 😮

However, with the arrival of a third crew member, things have changed aboard Two Choices. Peace and harmony reigns…mostly!

This shadowy figure doesn’t look anything like the usual helpful visitor. This one never helps out when an extra pair of hands is needed. They don’t get up at the crack of dawn when an early departure is called for. They never take a turn doing the dishes. What they do do though is take the blame. He, or is it a she?, is known on board as “Somebody”. Somebody’s eaten the last of the biscuits; Somebody left the lid off the milk and now the fridge is awash with the stuff; Somebody forgot to switch the mooring light off…you get the picture.

Let me give you a little example of how useful Somebody really is. During a long, bouncy passage in Turkey, when we’d had to leave an anchorage hastily in the early hours due to a dragging anchor, we discovered that a hatch had accidentally been left open. Result – one completely sodden bunk :-(. Major work and inconvenience resulted. It could have lead to endless recriminations. Instead, that poor old third crew member, “Somebody” got the blame.

I would love to be able to say that the latest mishap was down to Somebody.

For the past 10 days or so there has been a small amount of water finding its way in to the bilge. Only a little…but it’s saltwater. Not so good.

PT has been searching high and low, mostly low, for the possible source of the leak. No joy, he’s still scratching his head. (And I have refreshed my liferaft launching knowledge! :???:)

His latest strategy to try and pinpoint the problem has been to close off each seacock, one at a time, while we are underway (no water is coming in while we’re stationary). He told me this. Did I listen?

An hour into our 74 mile passage from Milos to Porto Heli on Wednesday off I went to the loo…the one the skipper had told me not to use.

Pumps don’t like an airlock. Result – one bust valve, one loo out of action. New valve needed, which involves blocking the seacock from outside the hull and ensuring that it is watertight. I’ll be very glad when it’s over & done with. I wish I could blame Somebody!

The sun sets over Porto Heli

The sun sets over Porto Heli

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3 Responses to “When things go wrong”

  1. lamputts August 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Console yourself with a bit of retail therapy in the AB supermarket in Porto Heli. :-))

    • peteandlu August 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Already done! One of the best supermarkets around these parts.

  2. Sara August 18, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Seacocks, air locks – sounds awfully complicated to a landlubber like me! Maybe ‘somebody’ pulled the plug out! Anyway hope you find the source of te leak. Perhaps PT could go down in his underwater regalia to have a look!

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