When exploring wild and watery environs in a vessel, maintenance is more than a matter of comfort and convenience; it is an existential necessity.
Jupiter benefitted from a big refit this winter including dozens of services, repairs, replacements and enhancements. Nothing was simple, each was needed, and almost all are now complete.
A new flybridge enclosure made for a sea change aboard Jupiter, providing shelter for the crew and an all-weather panoramic helm station.
Jupiter’s two heads are being replaced.
The critical function of marine heads (toilets) is evacuation; what goes into the bowl must go out. Seafarers’ privies are intolerant of blockages, and the adages, “your head eats what you eat” and “tiny tissue goes a long way, using more ruins the day” are accurate.
Yacht heads benefit little from gravity, and must flush, macerate, and eject the contents into a 1-1/2″ hose directed overboard (if offshore) or into the holding tank for pump-out later at a convenient time and place.
An obstructed head is a sorry sanitary situation requiring surplus flush, grind and push cycles, or failing that, disassembly of the head; or worse. The unenviable mariner ships a hand pump and bucket for the inevitable.
Jupiter’s aging washer and dryer were replaced with great difficulty owing to their snug location. Removing and replacing big white laundry machines required imagination, technical skill and muscle. Once in place each unit was run through a test cycle:
- Washer: Pass
- Dryer: Error 6
Error Codes 1 through 5 were listed in the owners manual, however, there the itemization ended. No posting for Error 6. The appliance distributor, when contacted, characterized this code as “really bad”, and now another unit must follow the same torturous journey into the vessel’s deep heartland.
“There are a lot of mysterious things about boats, such as why anyone would get on one voluntarily.”P. J. O’Rourke