Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm so glad we have a blog!

Chris here... Thank you to S. Kennedy, one of our blog followers! She reminded me that the lock was actually brass and that a bit of it was peeking over the top. I grabbed our hacksaw, sawed through it like butter, and it's off! I kept staring at everything that said "hardened steel", and Kristen kept saying that there wasn't enough to saw, but apparently there was, and we're all good! So now we'll wait for the NEXT window on Monday and head to Nassau. Yippee!!!!


Anonymous said...

I have done the same thing (i.e. loosing keys) several times. Finally solved the problem - replaced all locks with "sesame" type that use a combination. No need for several sets of keys - no problem if keys are lost.

Enjoying your blog, thanks. Admire your nerve in just taking off. Wish I had as much.

Tom Hartman

C.B. said...


Anonymous said...

From a product review i read when I was looking at the same lock:
Go to the other end of the bar, take channel locks or vise grips and twist the connecting bar back & forth till it breaks, won't take long.

Anonymous said...

Poppi Here, So, how long after you cut the lock off your dingy ( HA!), did you find the key in your pocket? Anyway, it is not a good idea to turn your frig off and on. My experience is: the unit will not restart since the compressor is not designed to start under load (ie.-with the system gas compressed). When you turn them off, you must wait a long time so that the gas pressure equalizes across the compressor, before the compressor can restart. It will sit there and trip off until the pressures are equalized. Depending on the size of the compressor, this may take 10 minutes, or 2 hours. You would be better off getting a noise eliminator for the SSB. By the way, SSB stands for single side band: it only transmits half of the full fm wave. All of the transmitters power is put into half the wave, instead of distributed over a full wave. Therefore, a 10 watt (for example) SSB transmitter will put out twice the signal strength as a regular transmitter. That is why you are surprised at the range of the unit. The alternatives are, of course, to go to a lower frequency and/or more power. The lower frequency effect is most dramatic! Will call you when Noni gets back. Love, Poppi (the ex-sailor man)

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you found a solution. Now get over to the islands for some island time. Start with Chubb Key. ! LOL.. You will have a Chubb day!

Cap'n Mike said...

Chris - we use the same solution Tom Hartman suggests. Abus makes sturdy combo locks. We pick 4 numbers everyone can remember and jot them down on a piece of paper at the nav station and also store them in a file on the PC in case the excitement of cruising causes amnesia.

I hope you and the family are enjoying your adventure as much as we're enjoying your blog....Mike