Jun 052013

We have had essentially 7 straight days of rainy weather here in the Keys.  Not the usual daily thunderstorms that crop up due to the heat.  This has been the all day, overcast, steady rain/drizzle that you would normally see up north.  The reason for all this water coming down from the sky stuff has been a tropical depression that had formed up in the Pacific, headed across Mexico and is now to our north and west, and east and south for that matter.  It has been moving slow and dumping a lot of rain on the islands.  It’s going to be like this a couple of more days and is scheduled to clear off the moment Julia, from Journey To Minimalism, gets on her flight in Miami and heads back north.  Sorry kid, we gotta blame somebody.

A weeks worth of rain weather has put a major hurting on business in the Key’s.  Charters are not going out.  Downtown around Duval is a ghost town.  The clouds have blocked the sunset and as a result, very few people are going to Mallory for the show, as there ain’t any.  Only the bars are doing a good business.

Dealing with all this rain while living on a boat is not a big deal.  The winds have been mild for the most part and all you need to do is close up the hatches and sit inside the cabin all nice and cozy.  Unfortunately, my boat is not one of those types.

When it rains like this you find out where all the leaks are, and my boat has plenty.  The forward hatch leaks through the hinges, the holes where the wiring from the mast comes in have long ago lost their ability to seal off any moisture, and just about all the windows leak.  Aft there are a couple open spots that let in some water too.  So inside, everything is damp and sticky.  The walls are wet to the touch and nothing dries out.  The bilge needs to be watched and emptied now and then.  I don’t have an electric bilge hooked up although it would not be a big project to fix.  For now, a $12 hand pump and a bucket are what I use.  Then there are the other issues…

Mold and mildew will be forming up soon.  I can wipe down the outer walls easily, but in between the outer walls and the hull itself I have no way of getting into, so who knows what sorts of fungi are growing in there.

And as an added bonus, I have a nice crop of mosquitoes in the cabin.  I do my best to get rid of them but I have to be careful about spraying because of the cats.  The bugs get particularly active around sunrise and sunset.  Some screens would help, but I’m not real fond of going out and riding my bike in the heavy rain.

At least it will be over soon.  The weekend looks to be sunny and warm again.  I’ll be able to dry out inside a little bit, scrape all the growth off the inside walls of the cabin, drain out the bilge, and get back to normal summer weather.

Capt. Fritter

  5 Responses to “Living Aboard: Rainy Days On Board…”

  1. OMG.
    i’m so glad this blog is about more than advertising living on a boat. cuz…
    you don’t make it sound very appealing!
    i can’t believe little julia had to visit during a monsoon. although it doesn’t seem to have dampened her spirit at all. she’s a trooper. and i like troopers.
    you’ll always have the green parrot!
    cats don’t like wet. i hope they’re staying dry. she said. knowing full well they are safe and warm.
    the captain? well…. not so much.

  2. wow.
    I’ve been watching the weather channel this afternoon.
    andrea is going to miss you but she’s also possibly going to dump 8 more inches of RAIN!!!
    it’s a good thing you’re on a boat. even if you can’t leave… you can float.
    I don’t know when Julia’s flight is … but not good conditions. not good at all.

    • It’s passed us. One last squall came thru last night and a tornado/waterspout was seen up around Marathon. Here it is sunny and breezy and should start improving as the day wears on. Julia is heading for the upper Keys today and I believe flying out tomorrow. Should be fine.
      C. F.

  3. Sounds like you don’t need a smaller (or larger for that matter) boat. You just need a dry boat.