We're people who always said that real boaters simply didn't need air conditioning. Boy, were we wrong! This has been a very hot summer so far and Act Three's air conditioning has made life on A-Dock actually very comfortable. When we took this photo on Sunday, the outside temperature was 92 degrees and the humidity inside the boat was about 30%.
Saturday night on A-Dock was lobster night and thanks to careful ordering and coordination by Bob and Diane, we all dined at tables set up on the dock. The lobster (from Stop & Shop, we believe) was excellent and there is enough meat left over for some lobster rolls one night this week.
There were lots of dishes to wash on Sunday morning but Frances put her galley skills to work and then put everything out in the cockpit to dry in the sun.
Since we'll be taking off at the end of next week for a cruise, it was time to fix a few things and stock up the boat on clothing and other supplies. We mounted the davits and the inflatable last weekend only to find that one chamber appeared to have developed a leak. On Saturday, we sprayed water over the flaccid section and found that the leak was from a old patch we applied three years ago to seal a little hole we apparently put in it trying to store the boat in the garage over the winter. We don't normally deflate it for storage over the winter now, preferring store it inflated upside down on the cabin roof. But last fall, we were dealing with the Silverton, which didn't have davits so in October, we folded the inflatable up carefully and again took it home. It looks like one of the folds was right over the former patch and it just didn't hold.
So, on Sunday, we applied a new white (not red) patch from our repair kit.
The directions that come with the adhesive were unclear as to how long to let the patch cure so we left it alone. In an hour or so, the sun inflated the section for us and while it will require a few more pounds of air before use, it looks like the patch worked.