Long Awaited Project

James and I have been living on this boat for nearly two years.  We know it pretty damn well, and there aren’t too many problems we haven’t fixed, created a plan for fixing, or decided to live with.  One of the few real irritants has been our oven. A marine propane stove/oven is a fairly simple creature – but it’s so important that things be done right.  For one thing, you can die many horrible deaths if things are done incorrectly.  For another thing, they’re expensive beasts – running over a thousand for an updated version of the model I have – so mistakes can be costly.  Even smallish parts are usually over a hundred dollars.  For yet another thing – death? So yeah. Our oven has never worked.  The stove works great – all three burners – and we have just used the stove for the last two years.  Actually – these horribly hot summers have been mostly cooking-free, but still. I found this troubleshooting guide online, by a Seattle company – go Seattle boating community! – and found it pretty clear.  There’s propane coming in to the oven knob.  When turned to “Pilot”, it allows propane to flow through one copper tube to the pilot light, at which point I can light the gas with a long-nosed lighter.  All good.  When turned to any temperature other than pilot, it allows more propane to flow, creating a “high” pilot.  This flame should now heat a sensing probe that is connected to a mercury control valve.  Registering heat, the valve opens and allows propane to flow into the entire burner and heat the oven.  This valve keeps propane from flowing when there’s no pilot – a safety measure so that you don’t get explosive gasses flowing through the bilges when[…]

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Such a Happy Birthday!

I have had the best birthday week, and I’m going to ignore any pesky ideas that birthdays are supposed to be single day events. The birthday-eve celebration was hosted by Tanya and Rafael on their boat Isabella Grace. Since we could easily fit three of our boat into theirs, it’s a much more suitable party locale.  We ate tremendous amounts of food – roasted shrimp cocktail, lasagna, and two kinds of dessert – and drank and sang and danced and talked…we’re some talented talkers… Here are a few photos: Not-so-early the next morning, James and I did breakfast at Jimmy’s…but I don’t recommend it.  We’ve enjoyed breakfasts-past from there, but these (cause we went again the next day) didn’t treat us so well.  Anyway.  We had thought we could do a big museum trip, but really – who can fit a bunch of museums into a single day?  I mean, maybe if you’re running laps in the place, but that’s not how we roll. On my birthday, we went to the very, very well done National Aquarium.  I loved many of the exhibits, and especially enjoyed the rain forest mock-up.  The birds didn’t look like they’d spent much time beating themselves up trying to escape (I’ve been to a place like that), so I was able to get into it.  The other thing I liked a lot was the design on the smaller tanks, with water partly filling them so that you had multiple habitats in each.  The glass was lensed in such a way that you had a great view of the whole interior without distorting the creatures.  And looking for the frogs was fun! When we left there, it was already well after 3pm.  We wanted to see all four of the historic ships in the inner harbor,[…]

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