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Old 01-03-2012, 10:26   #1
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Christmas? Again?

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum today. lol.
So this morning we run out of fuel (heating). I quickly rushed out and added more before the heater died.
Afterwards, I decided it's high time I found out if there is any old fuel in the secondary tank and if so, how to switch over to it. The only logical place to look being the passageway to the aft berth, I pulled back the carpet and found an access panel (actually two) that I did not know was there. I opened it up and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! THE MOTHER LODE!!! Under the floor boards, I found a veritable treasure trove of brand new parts and supplies for our boat, including a brand new Rule 2000 GPH bilge pump (an identical match to the one I bought the day before yesterday *Yay twins!*) and sadly a complete service kit for the jabsco shower sump pump (that I recently replaced and through out, grrr).

Oh ya I forgot, I still have to figure out how to switch over to the other fuel tank. lol
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:25   #2
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Re: Christmas? Again?

sounds like it is time to learn your boat and look in all the lockers, under the floorboards, under the cushions, all those nice hidden storage places

congrats on you new treasures
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:38   #3
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Re: Christmas? Again?

Yeah, I found a great sextant in a fine wooden box in a boat i bought. Tucked away under the curve back settee. Found it months after buying and living aboard. Thought it was a back support.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:08   #4
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Re: Christmas? Again?

Ya I guess you never know what you might find in an old boat eh. I thought I had found all the stowage/hiding places but I never thought to look under the floorboards of the passageway. Funny eh.
A while back, I posted some pics of the sword I found on board too. I uploaded them and haven't been able to find them since but I sure would like to know its origin, if anyone can help.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:29   #5
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Re: Christmas? Again?

I like your style Capt, funny guy eh?
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Old 01-03-2012, 13:14   #6
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Im a little afraid to tell ya about some of the stuff we have found on the boats we have owned in the past 30 yrs !! LOL some leagle some not !!found a couple of sawed off shotguns, way to short !! overboard with those !!LOL found 10 funny looking sacks in a empty 600 gal fuel tank we opened up to clean !! I think ya can figure out what was in those !! bought the boat in Panama, and brought it to San Diego, found it there ! big hassle with persons of athority!! LOL came out allright, but they were talkin takeing my boat because of it !! so always ck everything, under and behind and in !! ya just never know what treasures you might find !!! Just a thought Bob and Connie
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Old 01-03-2012, 13:32   #7
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Funny ya, life's funny in itself. Gotta roll with it or I'd lose my sanity. Not that I ever really had sanity... or ever really wanted it either.
Now the punch line... Once I got done finding a new hiding spot for my booty and cataloguing it all in my computer (artificial memory) I got ready to have a look at that fuel tank.
That is, the tank that I thought was a fuel tank. While washing up after handling a couple of used y-valves, I ran out of water but decided to put off refilling until after tracing the line to the fuel tank.
So I follow the line from the fuel tank under the passageway through the engine room and into the galley... right into... wait for it! The main water tank! I open the valve on this line that is mounted in a manifold on top of the tank and voila, I have water.
So what lead me to believe that, that tank was a fuel tank? It was the cap on the deck that says "Diesel".
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A buddy of mine was varnishing the bulkheads on his ketch when he discovered a little switch. When he tripped it, a spring-loaded compartment opened where he had just been sanding. The compartment was empty, and he had no idea what it would be for. He called me over and asked what I thought.

Any guesses?

It was a secret gun locker.
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Wow Anjou! I just had a brief look at your blog. Very nice workman(sic)ship (workwomanship?)
I'll have to check it out further when time permits.
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Any guesses?

It was a secret gun locker.
Fer fightin' pirates no doubt!

That's what me sword is for... yarr
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I prefer a secret rum locker, myself.
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I prefer a secret rum locker, myself.

What the heck good is a SECRET rum locker you don't know about?
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I think I would carry my rum in my gun locker!! a lot less trouble if the Officials find it !!LOL you can always say your companion is a acoholic !! Just messin Bob and Connie
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Old 01-03-2012, 18:57   #14
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If I had rum stowed in a secret locker, the hinges would probably be worn out from overuse and squeak so much, it wouldn't be a secret anymore.
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What the heck good is a SECRET rum locker you don't know about?
Because on a boat you will eventually find it looking for something else, usually in my experience circlip pliers or a flaring tool, and then you'll have something to toast your cleverness with.

Note: This plan depends on a combination of squirrel-like tendencies and a touch of the Alzheimers'.
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