Boat work continued this weekend, and I’m happy to say that we located the source of the leak and successfully fixed it. Turns out we had a slow drip in a hose that carries fresh water from our 100 gallon water tank to the starboard side of the boat. From the amount of mold growing in and around the hose, it looks like it had been happening for quite some time. It looked like a petri dish under there. The ick factor was thru the roof.
Matt consulted some professionals, and they said that it may dry out on it’s own. They also said to squirt acetone over the rot because it helps to evaporate the moisture. Who knew an alternate use for nail polish remover would be to dry out fiberglass rot? We’re learning new things every day! So now we’re doing the waiting game to see if it helps or not. It seems to be isolated, so fingers crossed it won’t be a big deal. However we need to remove one of the freezer compressors in order to cut all of the rot out which Matt did not want to get into this weekend.
Heck, I’m just proud of us for fixing the leak! In hindsight, it’s amazing all of the things we’ve fixed on the boat with very little knowledge beforehand. You just sort of figure it out as you go. As a reward for our hard work and to celebrate small victories, we finally broke down and bought a TV. It’s been nearly 3 months and we really didn’t miss it. Until football started. We’ve been hitting local bars to find a good place to watch the games, but we really haven’t been feeling any of them. We can’t even hear what’s going on and by the time the check comes, we spent enough to nearly pay for a small TV. So we wised up and caved in and bought a tiny 20″ TV.
And it has been GLORIOUS!