Carpe Diem

Whenever, I get the chance, I love to ask other sailors about their boat name. Our name, Carpe Diem, may seem self evident. However, it really goes much deeper than just “good advice”. A few years back, Scott was told he had less than 6 months to live. Colon cancer had gone undetected for too many years. After 6 months of intense chemo... he finally made it. Then a few years later, complications from a double-by-pass almost killed him again. Today he doesn't let his BP and severe diabetes slow him down. Two years ago he lost most of his vision in one eye and partially in the other...and the list goes on and on and on.

Having a boat to work on (along with a regiment of insulin and dozens of medications) keeps him sailing and out of the ER. This boat probably saved his life! I often think “SURVIVOR” would be a good name for our boat. But that would be a constant reminder of the past struggles. So, for now we try to live one day at a time, and carpe diem, “seize the day”.

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April 22, 2012

Will a factory thru-hull leak after 35 years? Does a standard thru-hull work on a CSY?

YES and NO!  And finding the leak was like a scavenger hunt. Yet, find it we did. And fortunately, it was right at the water line and not below. ( galley sink gray water thru-hull.)  So Scott and I were able to change it out ourselves, with him inside contorted into an almost helpless position under the cabinets and me in the dingy on the out side. This normally should have been an easy job….did I say “easy”? if anything is easy on a boat!... I amuse myself sometimes... Anyway, 1 wooden bung, 2 marine stores and 3 days later, we finally acquired a thru-hull that was long enough to go through the 3 inches of solid fiberglass in our hull!! The following picture demonstrates our problem:

We always heard that CSY ‘s were called ‘indestructible” and now we know why.  We had to special order a thru-hull long enough to leave any threads in the inside to tighten it down with.  Of course we didn’t figure that out until we tried the first one. Scott kept yelling (from his upside-down twisted position under the cabinet) for me to “hit it with the hammer and force it through the hull”. Well, I was in the dingy pounding away on it, with all the neighbors enjoying the show.  Oh well, we all have our turns, don’t we.

So that’s our big excitement for the month. Not much else has been happening. We are still slowly working our way up Florida’s east coast. If you know us, or follow our blog, you know that health issues are a big factor in our lives. It seems we just can’t cut that umbilical cord to the VA Hospital. After 7 eye surgeries, Scott still needs one more.  Yet, he never let’s this, or anything else, slow him down. "Carpe Diem" is his motto and always has been.