Pet Hair

We all love having our companions on board with us, they offer us companionship since they are always by your side.

Morty is a Welsh Corgi, which means he has a double coat. This is great for him because it keeps him warm on the coldest of winter days, but that also means he has plenty of extra hair to shed.

Immediately after cleaning the boat, clumps of dog hair will appear. It is really discouraging when you spend all of 10 minutes vacuuming up his dog hair in the whole boat, to turn around and it look like nothing happened. This is because Morty sheds like it's his job! When you pet him, dog hair flies up and fills the air; when he lays on your pillow, he creates a carpet of dog hair. 

 His hair does tend to collect in corners, and whenever I see a clump (we call them Mini-Mortys) I simply pick it up and put it in the trash. Despite our best efforts to keep it under control, they tend to return in under a day.

We don't mind the hair that much, it's part of the deal when you have a dog on board. The problem comes when his hair begins to cause mechanical problems. The hair that lays on the floor can find its way between the edges of the floor boards and the sole. 

They build up into "Morty Gaskets", which are a sign of greater problems. The hair that makes it past the Morty Gaskets continues its journey down into the bilge where it can clog the bilge pump strainer.

I can proudly say that Wisdom has no leaks, so the bilge pump never runs. This dry bilge acted as a catch all for Morty hair. When I was cleaning the bilge recently, I noticed that the water level wasn't going down. It took me an entire day to find all the problem areas which shared a commonality: Morty Hair.

The bilge strainer was full of hair, the impeller was seized by hair, and a random filter housing installed inline was clogged with hair as well. 

Despite our best efforts to keep the hair under control, the hair can still creep into everything and cause serious equipment failures.