Monday, February 22, 2010

Hi hose, hi hose it's off to work we go!

The inside of a boat is not entirely unlike the inside of the human body.  There are systems, pipes, hoses and pumps all over the place - and, just like in the human body, they all work together.  Sort of like that old song: "the knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone, the hip bone's connected to the back bone" get the picture.  Except in a boat it's more like: "the water intake hose is connected to the accumulator, the accumulator's connected to the water pump, the water pump's connected to the faucet" or "the through-hull's connected to the engine, the engine's connected to the fresh water heater, the fresh water heater's connected to the accumulator, the accumulator's connected to the faucet" and VOILA! You have hot water (in theory). 

Neither of these examples really do "taking hose inventory" justice (which was what we called this weekend's big project) but, if you'd like to learn a thing or two about your boat, it's systems, and (*literally*) how they are all connected - I'd suggest spending an afternoon with some calipers, some measuring tape, a flashlight and follow those hoses from beginning to end.  It's amazing how clear things become (but not before they become very confusing - don't forget to take very clear and descriptive notes!).

Please note:  The "fun quotient" of this rather "un-fun" job is greatly amplified when your sister and brother show up with beer and laughter and you all go out for Chinese food in Chinatown afterward.  Just sayin'.

Brittany & Scott


Lisa Hanneman said...

This is all Chinese to me... Until the mention of beer and Chinese food. That I get.

Matt Holmes said...

good for you two, glad to hear you're making it happen and having fun in the process

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