May 9, 2013 by Last Star blog
4 May 2013,
We arrived at Lynyrd after our less than pleasant sail from Eleuthera. Yesterday we had mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and some fierce winds from the east. Again the forecast was not in keeping with the actual conditions. It seems a weak low is over the area after leaving Florida and cannot make up its mind on where and what it will do next. The thunderstorms have been robust. The boat is now well rinsed and it is nice to be rid of some of the salt. The salt impregnates everything and as a consequence no matter what you touch on deck or outside shortly after your hands feel all dry and chalky and all the moisture sucked out of them. It only takes a quick rinse of fresh water to remove that salty feeling.
Now yesterday morning was spent playing “Freecell and Spider”; two solitaire games courtesy of MicroSoft. I favor the Freecell and Patricia plays Spider. We also did some Kindling and waited for the sun to come out. I also had to dive back under the sink to again try and repair the Jabsco (I think it is Swahili for piece-of-crap) accumulator I replaced late last November. Now Jabsco does offer a one year warranty–wow on a plastic thing with NO moving parts; pretty bold of them. But there is no warranty service here in the middle of nowhere so repairs are in order.
The broken part is the air valve at the top to pressurize the bladder, it literally blew out. The tank has a rubber bladder and comes with 20 psi in it and it helps to keep better water flow so the pump can work smoothly keeping the pressure in the accumulator.
Well the valve did not stay glued/sealed in the bladder and just popped out. So in Georgetown when we discovered this I tried to fix it but it didn’t hold. The next step was out with the valve and plug it with JB Weld of course. The first application did not bond well and ran too thin and offered a leak. So I “got a bigger hammer” and applied again. Here’s the second layer of JB Weld
I spent over an hour slowly turning and inverting the tank so the JB would not drip and run but stay in a thick application at the end where needed. I wonder how West Marine and Jabsco will feel about taking this back? By the way, when the accumulator is out the water system is basically down. I am able to remove 4 other pieces of the system and put in a straight line joint between the other remaining pipes but my fear is all the fastening and removing is weakening another point in the system. Remember, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Touching things with no replacement parts for miles is ill advised.
My reward for all this thrashing below the sink was lunch courtesy of Patricia. While eating up top she saw waves breaking and spraying from the OTHER side of the Lynyrd Cay! These were some large ocean swells driven by the strong east wind and worth a look. As the sun was winning the cloud battle it was turning into a nice day. We set off in the trusty (mostly) dinghy to explore the beach (bank side), look for sea beans, and capture some pictures of these breaking waves.
The other side of the island is truly exposed to the continuous effects of the Atlantic. The shore is pure “iron shore” with a very waxy low growth of plants that can resist the salt spray from the waves.
Here are snaps of the waves as they were breaking on the shore. I couldn’t get closer due to the iron shore. I tried walking on it but it was nearly impossible and a fall would have been a bit of a disaster.
After a few minutes of being hypnotized by the mass and power of the ocean we retreated to the other side. Clearly a narrow strip of land can make a huge difference in your comfort level. Here are photos of the area we anchored, a view from the beach to our boat and the dinghy, and a nice little bar built by some busy folks. There were 4 homes visible from our anchorage, all accessible only by boat and dock. There did appear to be a rudimentary path between two of them and maybe all the “neighbors” get together at the “top shelf” bar when they are on the island. Pure speculation.