I'm not saying there are no drawbacks

Procedure for going to the toilet in the middle of the night in an ordinary house:

  • Get out of bed
  • Stagger to toilet
  • Stub toe on doorframe (optional but surprisingly popular)
  • Go to toilet
  • Go back to bed.

Procedure for going to the toilet in the middle of the night on Hendrik:

  • Get out of bed
  • Pull on shorts and t-shirt
  • Climb stairs out of captain’s cabin
  • Discover the deck is FREEZING on bare feet
  • Climb up to wheelhouse
  • Climb back down to captain’s cabin
  • Retrieve wheelhouse key
  • Climb back up to wheelhouse
  • Switch on toilet pump because the tank ran dry at low tide and now it has to be refilled. Switch off sweet water pressure compressor at the same time because it has YET ANOTHER airlock and has been running for 5 hours.
  • Climb down other side of the boat
  • Unlock the salon door
  • Stub toe on chest of drawers sitting in the middle of the salon
  • Climb up to toilet
  • Go to toilet
  • Leave salon and lock up
  • Climb up to wheelhouse and wait there another ten minutes while the tank fills, because it will be low tide when we wake up in the morning and the pump could burn out if the intake sucks up air
  • Lock wheelhouse
  • Climb back down to captain’s cabin, thinking very seriously about the risk of frostbite-related toe loss
  • Take off outdoor clothes
  • Go back to bed

I am definitely sorting out the water to the captain’s cabin this weekend.

- posted by James O'Brien on 18 April 2007, 15:02 in