SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Jumbie Strikes Again
37° 18.2’N x 070° 03.0’W
Description of location
A few miles west of the Gulf Stream
Weather / Wind
Clear, Force 4
As the Corwith Cramer's engineer I'd like to invite you all to follow along and catch a glimpse into an average day taking care of our little floating community.
First things first, upon waking up in the morning I take a stroll around the engine room to make sure everything is operating as it should be. Primarily I'm checking that the generator is running smoothly and making enough sweet electricity so that we can all enjoy lights and power. Next it's onto the main engine which drives our boat through the water if there isn't enough wind to fill our sails. Following that there are a whole slew of pumps, motors, fans, and circuits to inspect.
Next up is breakfast and some fresh air on the quarterdeck where I will get to great my eagerly awaiting JENGO (Junior ENGineering Officer) for the morning. Generally we will start the day by checking our water supply and refrigeration systems. Then there is the near daily routine of starting up the water makers. We go through a lot of water onboard, about 375 gallons/day. In order to meet that demand we have to make all of our own fresh water by means of reverse osmosis. Since we left the Bahamas we have removed the salt from just a little over 10,000 gallons of sea water.
No day is ever quite the same; one can never quite guess what might require the engineer's attention in a given day. Rumor has it that a mysteriously mischievous spirit known as "Jumbie" inhabits the ship and wreaks havoc on many an engineer by causing all matter of equipment to inexplicably fail. Today Jumbie had its way with the green mast light. This meant climbing nearly to the very top of the foremast to make the repairs. Sarah, JENGO of the afternoon, was more than thrilled at the opportunity to go aloft during watch.
Working aloft can be a little difficult as the boats motion through the sea is greatly exaggerated at those heights. All your tools have to be tethered because if you drop something, it's either going to hit someone on deck or end up belonging to Poseidon. Then there is the whole "having to hold on while also trying to do work" trickery. Together Sarah and I devised a plan to pre-attach all the screws we needed to the drivers using tape for easy one-handed installation.
The plan worked and the mast light was successfully repaired by splicing on a new wire and then reattaching the bulb socket to its base. With the job complete we took the opportunity to soak in the amazingly expansive views of the ocean all around us. To our stern you could still make out the churning chop and white capped waves of the Gulf Stream. On our beam were great wind rows of Sargassum which seemed to go on for miles and miles. To our bow, a sky filled with the melding colors of the oncoming dusk.