Head Replacement

HEAD REPLACEMENT ON YOUNG AMERICA — June 2017 Linda and Fred Mangelsdorf

THE PROBLEM:
The VacuFlush system installed by Mirage in 2007 served us well for most of our 4500 engine hours (approximately 31,500 miles!) of cruising. The vacuum tank had been removed and cleaned twice, and the hoses, which ran from the head forward and across the boat, aft to the vacuum tank in the engine room, and then back forward to the holding tank, had recently needed to be snaked so often (monthly, at least, sometimes more frequently) that when the boat was on the hard for other work, we decided to fix it.

THE SOLUTION:
Replace the entire system. This was March 1, 2017. HEAD REPLACEMENT ON YOUNG AMERICA

NY Times – Facing Gators and Detours, Ferry heads North

ON THE OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY, Fla. — The captain and crew of the New York City-bound ferryboat known simply as Hull 200 spotted their first big alligator just before noon on Friday. And, eagerly anticipated as it was, it turned out to be a bad omen.

Their delight at seeing the reptilian menace slide into the canal they were navigating had barely subsided when the boat jerked to a stop. Three and a half days into its maiden voyage, Hull 200 was stuck in the Central Florida mud with no help in sight.

Boats get trapped in muck all the time, of course. But this sudden halt interrupted a crucial test for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan to start a citywide ferry service this summer.

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