Monday, March 31, 2014
A: Electrolytic corrosion is the worst. The worst! It is a creeping horror ready to eat away our hulls and leave us sad and boatless. I'm sorry your imaginary friend bored you, but this is a real concern for us. Why? Because a penny and a little saltwater could send us to the bottom of the sea.
For those of you in need of a chemistry review, galvanic corrosion (or electrolytic corrosion - same thing) happens when two metals are in contact in an electrolytic solution, like salt water. Essentially, one metal will corrode preferentially to save the other. The bad news for us is that Aluminum likes to give up its electrons to almost every other metal.
"Really?" asked Stylish after we explained for the 8,793rd time why Copper pennies do not make good toys. "Can we try it?"
Hurrah! Science day!
Monday, March 24, 2014
And I will. Sort of. But I'm going to make this an inductive argument, so hold my hand and be patient.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Indy has a simple solution: go to the beach. If she had her way, we would pitch a tent and live there, drifting between the water and the sand. Stylish, who is starting to show her age, is less keen for the simple reason that getting to the beach is a pain. We can either walk 45 minutes in the blazing heat to get there, or we can take the dinghy, which would be fine, except the motor needs a tune-up and I don't entirely trust it right now. I know - excuses. Family life is an exercise in compromise. The truth is, I don't want to hike all the way over there every time it gets hot, which is always.
So how to help the kids cool down?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
A chill ran down my spine as the realization hit me. I am living my old, pre-boat life: staying in one place, husband away working, kids in school, me running the household. Am I even a cruiser anymore?