Overall I've been pretty successful living aboard
, cruising, being self-reliant....., but every now and then I do something totally stupid. I think there's some catharsis that comes with the confession, so I'm not holding back.
There was a time years ago when I owned a car with a slow brake fluid leak and I kept a bottle of brake fluid to top off my system before the repair. Once I grabbed the bottle from the trunk without reading the label and poured transmission
fluid into the master brake cylinder. While driving the next day I attempted to brake and had nothing! Stupid usually strikes me when I'm too casual, quick or distracted.
Once I left the dock
early while Nancie was still sleeping by untying all but one bow line and shoving off with that last line in my hand. I judged that I would have enough time to casually walk back to the helm
in order to maneuver clear of the other boats, but when I looked up from the wheel
I saw that the windscreen was still protected with an opaque Sunbrella cover. Nancie looked out the forward hatch
to see why I was frantically stomping on the deck
,.... stupid again!
Well, yesterday, casual, quick and distacted hit me again! With a pump out just before our current dock
stay and close shore facilities; I chose this as a time to replace the aging and questionable macerator, switch and wiring
at my forward head
. This was a straight forward pull out and match with the same equipment
, but new..... 'piece of cake. With it all done, I decided to make a quick test of things so I partially filled my tank from the deck
pump out plate with some water
from the dock. I sealed the deck plate tight and went below to run the macerator. It didn't sound right, but it was running. I thought I felt a flow within the effluent hose as I wrapped my hand around it. Then, I asked Nancie to look at the pump while I pressed the switch button in the head
and she yelled out that there was water
moving up the vent hoses. I looked and saw that the walls of my holding tank
were swollen. Yes, stupid had struck me again. I had reversed the wires and I was pumping sea water into my holding tank
. We rushed to the nearest pump out where the attendant at the dock looked at the sight glass and commented that he never seen such a clean looking load of sewage. I just accepted that with feigned pride for there was no way I was going to admit that I'd been sucking up the bay. So, there it is....... stupid again and I never saw it comming!
Help me feel better with your own confessions!