Clouds and sun

A hole in the water full of money

(This is the third installment in the retirement odyssey of Sonomans Pam and Mark Gibson.)

There’s an old saying and, sadly, it’s true. Boats are holes in the water you pour money down.

When you cruise in San Francisco Bay, the Delta or even out the Golden Gate, you generally go from marina to marina or yacht club to yacht club where there’s shore power. That’s how you avoid knowing that your under-the-counter, side-by-side refrigerator and freezer don’t work well when they have to feed off a battery.

After three days of anchoring out, we noticed slushy ice and a drip on the bottom of the freezer. Our units are well insulated, and food was still cold. But it wouldn’t be if we kept anchoring out for three more days, as was the plan.

I remember when we had a sailboat with an ice box and you kept block ice in it to keep things cold. Your food came in a can and the icebox was for cold drinks and fresh vegetables.

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