Want to know what every accessory-conscious ocean rower will be sporting this season? Here it is, the must-have item for your spring collection…
A bilge pump!
It comes in a very fetching shade of blue, teamed with classic grey, and is invaluable for perking up any locker that is looking a bit wishy-washy.
I never go anywhere without mine!
Seriously though, this really is proving to be this voyage’s indispensable item. On the Pacific that award went to my 12-volt fan, which went everywhere on board with me, out on deck as well as in the cabin, and prevented me from overheating, or at least losing the will to live.
But this year the heat is not a problem, but water in places it shouldn’t be is (not very grammatical, but you get what I mean). The rubber draft-excluding tape worked for a while, but now it has squished down and doesn’t work so well. Luckily the bilge pump makes quick work of getting most of the water out of the lockers – much faster than bailing. Ah, the glamorous life of an ocean rower…
Thank heavens, today conditions have calmed down significantly. This has made life on board much more pleasant. Stress levels have dramatically reduced, along with the wave heights.
I hear that Missouri and the UK have also been having extreme winds. My sympathies. And another volcanic eruption in Iceland too. We live in interesting times.
Rochelle – fantastic to hear from you! And thanks in advance for the blog mention. I can’t wait to see the film “Cancerpants”. I’m sure it will be a huge inspiration to many, many cancer patients and their friends and families. I’ll be back in Dallas doing some Nat Geo presentations in Feb 2012. How about we get together then for a screening?
Pippa – my British ensigns usually look fairly weatherbeaten by the end of a voyage, with a few frayed edges – much like me!
Hey Team Steamy! How exciting to hear that Steamy has moved on to a new home. Ah, my word, I often think of those days, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears (and everywhere else!) newbie to seafaring. I wish you many fun-filled voyages aboard Steamy Windows, and hope that the hatches over the bunks don’t still leak on you!
Drifterfour – Devon is one of my favourite parts of the world. So excited to hear about your home-downsizing (or rightsizing!) and I hope you love your new abode.
Bruce – thanks for the info on the megafauna. I’m not quite sure how I feel about trying to lure giant squid up out of the depths at night. That might be testing my nerves a little far. Let me psych myself up for that one!
Richard in DFW – your poetry is terrible, but I’m loving it. Keep it coming! 🙂
Phillip Nixon, Brad McDonell – thanks for sponsoring several miles.