Today has been full on action all day. This morning I started some maintenance, replaced the toilet inlet hose, put a new non return valve in the bilge pump discharge, made a new gasket for the engine raw water strainer and did a thousand and one other little jobs outstanding.
Then I was off to find a solution to my gas cylinder problem. I found a place selling gas cylinders but as I suspected no one would change out a valve on an existing cylinder. Oh well, a complete new cylinder probably costs less than changing a valve anyway. The shop only sold one size of cylinder, it looked about right so I bought one and took it down to the boat to check. Lucky – it fitted into the gas locker, so I went back and bough another one. Later I filled both cylinders at a gas station and now have two full USA compatible cylinders on board. I also still have the old cylinders with some gas in them so will have to stow the new cylinders on deck until the old ones run out and I can dispose of them ashore.
After the gas cylinder success, I set off on a long walk to see if I could get a raw water strainer. This was a waste of shoe leather but I did get to see a bit of Sitka. Downtown I found a store selling kitchen stuff and bought a coffee press to replace my broken one – back on good coffee again thank goodness. A cruise ship was in town and the place was full of passengers milling around. Sitka looks really interesting and unfortunately I didn’t get to see too much today as I was so busy. I was back and forth up and down the dock like a worker ant.
This evening I did the grocery shopping and stocked up, my wife, is coming out in a couple of weeks. I don’t expect that after leaving Sitka I will be in range of shops until I arrive in Hoonah on the 7th July.
Now I just have some laundry to do and I am ready to explore again. I would like to see some more of Sitka and spend some time here, I may stay another day and be a proper tourist. In the morning I will check if there is a berth available for Friday night.
Logged 23rd June 2016