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The beautiful swimmers are finally arriving

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The first five of the season

We made it down to the boat this past weekend, but discovered on Saturday that we still had the pink antifreeze filtering through our fresh water supply.  So instead of heading out for a sail, we stayed at the dock and flushed out our fresh water tanks for most of the day.

While waiting for the antifreeze to be flushed, I went and picked up some crab bait and put the trap over the side.  When I first checked later on Saturday afternoon, there were two mating pairs of blue crabs in the trap, so I returned it to the water and we decided to hold off until Sunday for our eagerly anticipated first crab feast of the season (Maryland doesn’t allow non-commercial crabbers like us to keep the females).

Steaming the crabs

I don’t know which of us loves crabs more, but Cindy had a huge grin on her face as she was waiting for the crabs to cook.

Is that anticipation or what?
Let the feast begin!

The crabs in our catch were surprisingly big for this early in the season, as well as delightfully sweet and full of flavor.  Usually blue crabs don’t have their flavor develop until well into the summer, but these were excellent.

Moar please…

12 thoughts on “The beautiful swimmers are finally arriving

  1. Baydog

    BTW, my 303 had a bone in her teeth today on Barnegat Bay. As of 10:21 tonight, I have yet to wash the salt crust from my body. Some say salt and tequila go well together; I say salt goes equally well with rum.

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  2. Mitch Zeissler

    Vinegar, a couple bay leaves, a pinch of granulated garlic and a bunch of Old Bay seasoning. And NO clarified butter. We have come to realize that's a local thing down here, but around Annapolis that. Just. Isn't. Done. At least not in polite company. 🙂

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  3. Anonymous

    I have a suggestion: assuming you have a bladder tank like in our P303, next fall, don't fill the water tank with the pink stuff. It is really easy to pull the line off the tank so you only have to run the pink stuff through the lines and faucet. When we winterize, we run the water until the tank is empty. There will still be a small amount of water at the bottom of the tank but, being a bladder, even if that freezes it won't hurt anything. After the bladder is empty, pull off the line from the tank that goes to the pump, put the line in a jug of the antifreeze, and run the pump/faucets until it has circulated through the system. Then reconnect the line to the tank so you don't forget in the spring. In the spring, just refil the tank and run the sysetm until the pink is flushed out of the lines (just a minute or two). Much quicker and you won't have to worry about getting the stuff out of the bottom of the tank.

    Nathan
    SV Carolena

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  4. Anonymous

    And save the precious antifreeze, which seems to get more expensive every year. We are now able to do the whole boat with around 1.5 gallons. We keep the left over in the head to flush if we need to use it in the winter (we don't haul our boat and visit it quite often in the colder months). When we first bought her, we did what you did, and then spent tons of time trying to get it out of the system. When we put in a new tank two years ago, it was so nice having water with no smell that I didn't want to mess it up, so we made the switch. By the way, I really enjoy your blog. Once of these days we hope to take Carolena for a trip down the Potomac to your neck of the woods.

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  5. Anonymous

    I'd rather be drinking vodka (even cheap stuff) than antifreeze in any dosage. So that's what I use for winterizing my water system. Two or three 1.5L bottles and a bit of water mixed in ought to do for your size boat. It works on my 30 footer. It has the added advantage of being antiseptic.

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  6. Anonymous

    We close the engine thru-hull, take off the hose, put it in a gallon of antifreeze, and run the engine until the pink comes out the exhaust. That is one gallon. For the head, we rerouted the raw water intake to the sink drain when we replaced the system. To winterize is just like flushing with clean water (which we do at the end of every weekend/trip). Close the sink drain thru-hull, pour 1/2 gal. of antifreeze in the sink, and pump the head. It only takes 1/2 gal because we have such a short run to the holding tank. We also went with a Raritan Compact II when we replaced the head, which is very mizerly with the water, so that also helps. We do not have the overboard discharge connected at this time, so that is one less part of the system to winterize. That and no long intake line from the original head thru-hull. In another week or so, we will have our new AC install complete, so this winter that will require some additional antifreeze (the old head intake is going to be our AC intake).

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