We spent today re-bedding the port-lights and fixing the refrigerator. Frank discovered that the reason why the fridge wasn't running right was because of the water strainer. The water strainer, that strains out the sediment and debris from the saltwater that comes into the water pump that cools the compressor, was clogged with twigs and gunk. Also, the strainer had corroded through, so we had to go to West Marine to find a replacement. After a bit of trouble, we found one, and Frank spent a little while reinstalling it as well as tightening hose clamps to remedy a few leaks that had developed in the system. Eventually water finally started spitting out of the thru-hull, which meant that the refrigerator was properly cycling through and cooling itself, which in turn means that we now have a REFRIGERATOR. Whoopee. No more Spaghetti-Os and Progresso.
We also spent the other half of the day replacing the seals on our leaky port-lights (aka-windows). The process basically consisted of removing the old seals (which were brittle and weathered), scraping up the gunk that was left over, re-caulking and putting new seals in. The process was simple enough, and I hope that it works. As well, we met the previous owner of this boat today. (Not the one that we had bought it from, but the owner before that). It was a brief meeting, and he talked about how he single-handed the vessel for 4 years, from Puerto Vallarta, all through the South Pacific, to New Zealand, and the half dozen times to and from Bermuda. It's amazing imagining that one person can single-hand this boat, whilst taking only 20 minute naps, traveling the world. Makes you think, if he can do it, so can I. He agreed to come aboard for a half day and show us the systems aboard, so we're really, really grateful for that. All said and done, I think we had relatively productive and encouraging day. Hope tomorrow goes as well.