Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
It's made from a piece of scrap plywood and couple of hoses (in this case with outside diameters of 1/2" and 3/4"). Two holes are drilled through the wood such that the hoses fit tightly. They need to be close enough together so that both hoses fit into the opening of the containing vessel. The larger hose transfers the liquid -- one end reaches to the bottom of the containing vessel and the other end reaches into the lower receiving vessel. The smaller hose reaches only slightly into the opening of the containing vessel. You hold the wood firmly flat against the opening of the containing vessel and blow into the smaller hose to create the pressure to get the siphon going.
Of course, the device isn't completely airtight, but neither does it need to be. You don't need to blow very hard to get the siphon going and the method still works even if there are just a couple of centimeters of liquid at the bottom of the container. It's all pretty obvious and I wish I had thought of it sooner. Check out the action-packed video below!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Jerome's main bearing -- consisting essentially of a fiberglass tube -- had deteriorated; this was not a new problem but one I thought I had fixed. So one morning at the crack of dawn when conditions were good we hove to and hauled him into the cockpit for surgery, which lasted the better part of the day. This sort of thing doesn't happen very often, so we felt the need to take a picture (it should also be said that filing and sanding epoxy/fiberglass while dressed only in underwear is not the wisest maneuver).
Over the course of two days we took him apart, made an entirely new bearing, and put him back together again. It's a learning experience and looking back more than 1000 miles later it appears as if we have the problem under control. This sort of thing doesn't happen twice on a passage very often, so we felt the need to take a picture (it should also be said that filing and sanding epoxy/fiberglass while dressed only in a pair of shorts is not the wisest maneuver).