Is it salty?

“What?”, she said … “Is it salty?”, I repeated. “The bathroom is full of water.”, she repeated. “I know, Is it salty?”, “Huh”, “Taste the water … Is it Salty?” … to which the reply from Michelle was “You do it.”

Apparently, daddy makes a very good tug boat ... who needs a water scooter :)

Apparently, daddy makes a very good tug boat … who needs a water scooter :)

Atop Fort Louis overlooking Marigot Bay.

Atop Fort Louis overlooking Marigot Bay.

View from the Fort ...the marina below (Discovery on the far right at the docks) ... Marigot Bay and the Lagoon ... very nice vista.

View from the Fort …the marina below (Discovery on the far right at the docks) … Marigot Bay and the Lagoon … very nice vista.

This was how our conversation started the other morning … not my favorite way of waking up. You see there is nothing worse, in my opinion then finding water in your boat, this can, I’ve been told lead to something altogether unpleasant. The first thing I do when I find water in the boat, that isn’t really supposed to be there is taste it … if it is salty, then we worry … otherwise, it is likely a spill … worst case we carry 200 gallons of fresh water … so that isn’t enough to sink us … but salty water, now that is an altogether different thing.

So, I climb out of bed, put my finger in the 3”+ of water and put it to my mouth … my guess was that it was going to be fresh water … to my surprise, it wasn’t … hmmm … sink and toilet are freshwater, yet the entire shower pan was full of water … I look up to find the window closed … not that it made any sense to even check that, as I couldn’t explain how salt water would enter just the bathroom from the window overhead.

Billy and Kathy spent the day with us cruising the island. They came by cruise ship  ... we had a very nice day, this was at Long Bay.

Billy and Kathy spent the day with us cruising the island. They came by cruise ship … we had a very nice day, this was at Long Bay.

Jackman at the salon ... he was cultivating his metro self.

Jackman at the salon … he was cultivating his metro self.

Exploring the windward side of the island by car ... super windy day :)

Exploring the windward side of the island by car … super windy day :)

Great … a mystery bunch of sea water in the boat, early in the morning, and me yet not having any coffee … I turn on the shower sump and it all starts to drain … a couple of minutes later the bathroom is dry once again. Our bathroom floors are beneath the water line, so to get any water out of it, we have pumps to pull it up and overboard. I look in the bilge areas under the bathroom … a little water … I taste it … fresh! Hmmm …

I go to wash my hands in the bathroom sink and gargle some water to get the “bilge taste” (who knows what was in that water) out of my mouth … and I notice that the sink is draining very slowly. Great … another project, but it’ll have to wait … the mystery sea water takes precedence.

Since we were not sinking, I headed to the galley to make some coffee and wake up “normally”. After my second cup and watching the sunrise it dawned (get it <g>) on me that the air conditioner uses sea water to cool itself and that the sea water hoses are routed by the bathroom … that’s starting to form a plausible explanation (at least in my mind) … yet the AC was running, and water wasn’t returning to the bathroom … intermittent water leak? Hmmm … unlikely … I head back below and remember that I do not hear the gurgling in the sink drain that is usually there. You see when they installed the air conditioner in the back bedrooms they plumbed the sea water discharge into the sink drains … when the AC is running (using sea water to cool itself – sucking in water and pushing it back out) the return water gets routed into the sink drain and you can hear gurgling in the drain … wait … ahh … that’s it!

http://youtu.be/Bzn-pnhU_xI – Halloween Bash Routine

The sink is draining slowly, like it is partially clogged, the AC drains into the sink lines … so if the drain is clogged, the water could back up, come into the sink, overflow and start filling the bathroom … yep, that would explain what we found. So at 9AM, I get my trusty screwdriver and dive into the water to poke, yet again at another hole in the bottom of the boat … this, unlike what my kids call it … is not snorkeling.

After some hair and gunk (technical term) comes out… I claim victory and climb out of the water. Now I’m salty, but the bathroom isn’t. Put on the list of projects to put an actual thru hull (whole in the side of the boat) and reroute the discharge of the AC … so this problem won’t happen again.

Shark bait and the boy ... might be the name of our new action TV show ... although neither are demonstrating much action here.

Shark bait and the boy … might be the name of our new action TV show … although neither are demonstrating much action here.

Fish On ... Shaun showing Jaci how to bring in her fish ... turned out to be a nice 3ft Barracuda ... check out the smile on her face :) ... lot of Grandpa in her.

Fish On … Shaun showing Jaci how to bring in her fish … turned out to be a nice 3ft Barracuda … check out the smile on her face :) … lot of Grandpa in her.

Fell asleep playing lego's ... I'm surprised he didn't end up with his face in the box :)

Fell asleep playing lego’s … I’m surprised he didn’t end up with his face in the box :)

That day, I awoke to become a plumber and a diver. Who knows what adventures await us next.

Discovery is at anchor in Phillipsburg today, kids wanted to do some souvenir shopping … while they are out, I get to decide what to be … I think today … I’ll be an electrician.

“Je m’epelle Jean, je suis un pamplemousse.”

The view from Fort Louis of Marigot Bay. Discovery is at the marina just to the right of the picture (you can see the marina breakwater).

The view from Fort Louis of Marigot Bay. Discovery is at the marina just to the right of the picture (you can see the marina breakwater).

We have officially left Sint Maarten and our now in St. Martin <g> … while we’ve been exploring the island for several months, we have spent the majority of our time on the Dutch side. Last week the great people at the marina told us that high season was upon us and that we would have to move from the “mega yacht” area, to the “yacht” area … no big deal, just a relocate. We decided that we would take this opportunity to change our scenery for a little while and move to the French side.

Discovery on a mooring ball in Long Bay. One of our favorite day stops ... although the resort is now open and has lots of people on the beach.

Discovery on a mooring ball in Long Bay. One of our favorite day stops … although the resort is now open and has lots of people on the beach.

My buddy in the hammock.

My buddy in the hammock.

Shaun and Jack out sailing in the bay. Jenny is ashore with the girls ... great SA couple we met here.

Shaun and Jack out sailing in the bay. Jenny is ashore with the girls … great SA couple we met here.

We dropped anchor in Marigot Bay and after a couple of days decided to move into the Fort Louis Marina. Imagine my surprise when I was asked for my boat papers and proof that I had left “officially” the Dutch side … huh? Well it turns out, that while people can come and go between sides as they please, boats are a different story … so off we went to the Dutch side to “check-out”, so that we could “check-in” to the French side … stamps, fees, passports and forms later … we are officially living on the French side.

As you can tell from my title, the goal is to practice our French, mine is a little rusty, but my greeting always seems to get a smile or laughter … I think the many years of Canadian schooling is paying off.

Kate taking her written exam for her scuba ticket. She now has 8+ dives.

Kate taking her written exam for her scuba ticket. She now has 8+ dives.

Our new crew ... Shark Bait, aka, Calypso. He is an island rescue that is now the security on Discovery. Great cat.

Our new crew … Shark Bait, aka, Calypso. He is an island rescue that is now the security on Discovery. Great cat.

One of my favorite things so far about this trip is that it has awoken an interest in the kids to learn another language. While they have always been exposed to other languages (Spanish, French, German), none showed any real want to learn … I guess, none really saw a value or need for it.

Early at the stables and waiting for the show to start.

Early at the stables and waiting for the show to start.

Here, especially on the French side, we are immersed in languages … Kate is doing an online course and spends several hours a day on French, she is getting much better at “trying” her French when we go out. Genna has found the French music CD’s that we brought with us (Thank you to our French connections <bg>) and is singing in French all the time (although I am not sure that a song about a Moose is going to pay off) … Jaci is also learning French and since she rides twice a week in a French school, she know all the vocabulary of the horse world … this all learned by osmosis.

Kate doing her French lessons

Kate doing her French lessons

Me … well … I’m trying to get those rarely used neurons to fire and see if I can recall some of my French lessons … I am surprised as to how much I remember and how much of a conversation I can follow. At the horse stables, they speak in French, I answer in English (mostly) and we communicate effectively.

Heading out for a Halloween dive trip. Jenny, Jack, Jaci and Chel snorkeled some ... Kate, Shaun and myself did a night dive in costumes. The local dive shops had setup skeletons and other "haunted house" items underwater ... lots of fun.

Heading out for a Halloween dive trip. Jenny, Jack, Jaci and Chel snorkeled some … Kate, Shaun and myself did a night dive in costumes. The local dive shops had setup skeletons and other “haunted house” items underwater … lots of fun.

Jack … hmm … maybe I need to get some French video games.

Michelle is out jogging each morning in town and going to the bakeries and shops. We are enjoying the “café” lifestyle that we have found on this side.

Jaci riding Mirage at the St. Martin horse show. About 25 kids, 8 from the island of St. Barts.

Jaci riding Mirage at the St. Martin horse show. About 25 kids, 8 from the island of St. Barts.

Jackman working on some cunning plan. We spent the day at the stables for a horse show ... tons of fun.

Jackman working on some cunning plan. We spent the day at the stables for a horse show … tons of fun.

Jaci working on her photography skills ...

Jaci working on her photography skills …

Discovery continues to undergo upgrades … or better said, things constantly need maintenance … we now have a new fridge, 80% larger than our last one and a new freezer (that I have yet to install). I’ll go into details in another post.

Shaun and Jenny on Takapuna. Jenny was the stew (Stewardess) and Shaun the engineer. Takapuna is at 110ft+  and was once owned by Billy Connelly. She's going out for a quick daysail.

Shaun and Jenny on Takapuna. Jenny was the stew (Stewardess) and Shaun the engineer. Takapuna is at 110ft+ and was once owned by Billy Connelly. She’s going out for a quick daysail.

Took the dinghy to this wreck, lying in 20ft of water ...

Took the dinghy to this wreck, lying in 20ft of water …

Shaun and Jaci (the speed freak) enjoying the afternoon in Phillipsburg

Shaun and Jaci (the speed freak) enjoying the afternoon in Phillipsburg

Today is a work day and a shopping day … so everyone has their tasks … Jaci made me a nice lunch today.