October to November 2009
Our friend Kim Hackett very generously
offered us use of his dock at Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, for Dreaming On while we
returned to UK from 9th August to 19 October.
Kim's first challenge did not arise until September, while we were
making a brief visit to Spain and kind of unreachable. Kim noticed the boat listing to port.
He and Jamie took a look inside to find the port hull filling with water.
Kim called David for advice. David advised hiring a 60GPH pump from Home
Depot and being that it was Sunday evening, there was only around 30 minutes
left before Home Depot closed. But Kim made it and he and Jamie saved the day by pumping out
around 2000 gallons!
Tim was also at David's that evening for dinner, so David and Tim continued to give excellent advice over
the phone while enjoying a fine bottle of wine or two, some excellent lamb
and homemade pastries. They eventually also arrived at the boat to give Kim
and Jamie some possibly slightly inebriated moral support After all, it was
Meanwhile the boat is still filling with water as the
source has not been identified. Tim contacted his brother Chris, who is a
yacht design engineer and experienced captain, in Montreal at the time.
Chris said, "Taste the water." Obvious when you think about it, but not a
task to relish. It's basically become bilge water.
Now Jamie is the youngest of the group and unfortunately
that status brings certain liabilities, one of which is tasting bilge water.
Jamie reluctantly agreed and did the tasting. But, having tasted the bilge
water, a comparison had to be made with the dark brown brackish water of the
ICW, tainted as it may be by the amount of flotsam and manatee pee floating
around. Re-enter Jamie, who valiantly tastes the ICW and confirms the bilge
water is, or was fresh.
Jamie's retaliation was to chastise David & Tim for
arriving sans beer to take the taste away. We understand that oversight was
Eventually the group notice a hose pipe running from the
garden tap through a water pressure connector into the boat. Surely, they
collectively thought, no-one would be so stupid as to leave water running
into a vacant boat. Unfortunately Geoff had been that stupid, though with
good intent. He had set this up as a fresh water flush system for the water
maker. Seems that a connection in the system was leaking badly causing the
problem, so no doubt this had been leaking for some time. Geoff will never
make that arrangement again. Seemed like a good idea at the time though!
It is still not clear whether the inverter failed to
charge as a totally separate event, causing the new batteries to lose
charge, with the result the bilge pumps failed or whether the water
ingestion caused the inverter charger to fail.
Some damage to electrical connections and burned out float
switches on bilge pumps, plus a few damaged clothes and shoes, but otherwise
we were very, very lucky. Kim called Johan from Just Catamarans to come and
check the boat and fix bilge pumps. Geoff's wardrobe was opened in the
process and all his clothes were wet. Kim put these through his washer/dryer
and when we returned they were hanging in his utility room ready for us.
Thanks Kim. Beyond the call of duty.
We returned to
the US and Dreaming On on 19 November to clean up after the water problem
and to prepare her for return to LMC for final lightning repairs.
Discovered that water had also found its way into Iza's
wardrobe and damaged her clothes and shoes. More washing required. Amazingly
only one shirt and a couple of pairs of sandals ruined.
We enjoyed our time at Kim's dock and in the time we were
there we could feel the tremendous enthusiasm surrounding FOCUS My Health, one of his many
projects. So much so that we have become members and are
looking forward to making a steady income from this very clever and unique
worthy cause. Visit