This afternoon a huge explosion shook the marina. I happened to be in the marina parking lot at the time and looked up to see people running towards the boat yard. One of the boats up on the hard did something that sparked what people think was a propane blast. Unfortunately there were two men inside of the boat and they got burned, one quite badly. Part of the coach roof was blown clean off the boat and the rest of the cabin top is cracked all around. The guys at the local rigging shop quickly got busy taking down the masts before they fell off the boat and hurt someone or took out another boat. One of the riggers told me tonight that the mizzen mast was just barely hanging on when they took it off.
The police had the area around the boat cordoned off, so the pictures aren't that great, but in this one you can see pieces of the cabin woodwork scattered around on the deck.
And in this photo you can see the boom hanging on the railing and a huge crack in the coach roof above the porthole.
It was a horrible accident and not the kind of excitement we want to see around here. We just pray that the two men that were aboard are going to be ok.
Ok, I'm whining and I know I shouldn't since we spent the last two months playing, but it's been all work and no play since we returned to Warm Rain. Tom has been working hard installing and wiring in a fuel transfer system and fuel gauge for the fuel tank in our aft cabin. That tank started life as a water tank but Tom converted it to diesel storage in 2005 when we discovered our main fuel tanks held 30 gallons less than the specs said we had. When all done we'll be able to transfer fuel from the aft tank into our main fuel tanks with the flip of a switch - yeah! In the meantime he's been working hard pulling this project together while I've been unpacking, re-stowing and doing loads of laundry from our road trip. I must admit, however, it's great to be back aboard Warm Rain.