Fun and Games

24 Feb

Today we’re going to play a little game.  Take a look at these two photos.  Can you see the two major differences between the two?

I’ll give you a hint:

That doesn’t belong down there, does it?

Yep, Bushranger is no longer a tall, proud boat; rather, she is (temporarily) a short, embarrassed boat.  SHE HAS LOST HER TOP BIT! Not only is the bimini gone, but now her mast is gone! Boyd has taken it down so it is out of the way (and so we can work on it for a bit).  Bushranger is looking a bit ‘squatty’, if you ask me.

Today, Boyd spent hours working out what size holding tank will work for Bushranger (for you non-mariner types, the holding tank holds the ‘stuff’ that goes down the ‘toilet’ (that’s ‘head’ for you sea-going types)). Ya’ know, the size of a holding tank is not something I imagined spending any significant time on, when we were considering buying a boat.  But, IT IS CRITICAL! Bushranger has two toilets (yea, yea, you can call them ‘heads’ if you feel compelled to be nautical – I think that’s just a silly name for what they doooo). And, for resale purposes, we think we need to keep both toilets. But, given the fact that we will be cruising a lot of rivers and lakes, we can’t just ‘pump that stuff over the side’ as some have suggested.  First of all, it’s illegal.  Second of all, it’s just gross.  So, we’ve got to calculate how big the space needs to be that is going to hold that ‘stuff’ – in other words, how much sh*t do we generate over how much time (and I’m not talking about how many words I type everyday into this chronicle). Boyd and I figured that the more space for that ‘stuff’, the better.  But, this is where is gets complicated; Bushranger is a little boat and she doesn’t have much room for that ‘stuff’.  In fact, the holding tank has to fit down this little hole along the keel.

That dark hole down the end is where the holding tank ‘slips in’…

…yep, this is another look at the small space for the tank.

If it is a couple of inches too big, we won’t be able to fit in the batteries that we need for all my kitchen gadgets (and we all KNOW how I feel about my kitchen gadgets!). So, we want a big tank, but we can only fit it in one small space. It’s a quandary.

…and ya’ gotta’ think about that stuff!

After the morning of analyzing about 50 pages of different shaped holding tanks (that’s no exaggeration), we took a break; and then Boyd wandered off to do some REAL work on Bushranger. He is stripping down the bilge in preparation for its painting.  Today was the day to remove all the old water pipes and pumps from the engine room wall.

Someone actually equipped Bushranger with a couple of nice little gadgets in her plumbing system – we’ll keep those, thank you very much, and reinstall them once Bushranger’s bilge is all gussied up.

Now, since yesterday’s blog entry, for some strange reason, limericks keep going around and around in my head.  I think I am going to need some help with this one:

There once was a cat name of Koko

Who lived with a family quite “loco”

They bought an old boat

That would not stay afloat

(here’s where I get stuck… maybe:)

To her it seemed a big joko


She thought it looked better rococo


She bought all her gas at Sunoco


Oh, that’s just bad! That last line just doesn’t cut it.  If you have a better idea on how to end my limerick, do everyone a big favor and let me know…

…me, I’m just screwing around…

4 Responses to “Fun and Games”

  1. jdepodwin February 24, 2012 at 20:39 #

    Hi L/A, Boyd,
    Great update today and yesteday….I am working on a closing line for the ‘loco’ cat limerick, stay tuned! Bushranger is gaining headway on all fronts, looking great!
    All the best,

    • The Robinsons February 24, 2012 at 21:51 #

      Thanks, Dave! I’m looking forward to a much better closing line for my Koko limerick.

      ….I’ve got to say, this blogging stuff is a whole lot of fun!


  2. jdepodwin February 25, 2012 at 08:20 #

    I laughed my way through this blog post! What a riot!
    Maybe we should get Koko a gas card???

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