The price you pay

4 Oct

Sail off into the sunset with dolphins and adventure off our bow?

Do stuff like this?


Sailing on the Atlantic by moonlight

and this?

Mooring ball in Warderick Wells

and this?

White Cay anchorage

Who wouldn’t say yes! Well, what the brochures don’t say is that there is a price to pay that sometimes looks like this…

We had a feeling that something was bound to break soon. Too much had worked well for months now (including Steve the auto pilot). Friday morning our premonition became reality with the toilet deciding to back up.

After hours of trouble shooting and replacing easy parts we realized the backup was in a six-foot run of hose under the floor, up the wall, and behind the house batteries.


Snaking didn’t work either. Turns out that calcium carbonate deposits had rendered that length of hose pretty much inoperable.


Warning: grossness

After many hours of hose wrangling and detoxifying the boat we are happy to be functional again…but now we are scared to use it. Guess that’s one way to keep the system clean!

5 Responses to “The price you pay”

  1. Haanli October 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    At least it didn’t happen in Warderick Wells or White Cay…

    • four2tango October 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      That is very true!!! Hard to find a West Marine out there…

  2. jackieandnoel October 5, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    Ha ha! Whenever we buy a boat now, we just change ALL the hoses, before we do anything! Not pleasant!

  3. Judy October 6, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    A bucket works best.


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