Ready to sail south. Planned to spend the winter at a quiet little marina. Wind
and weather forecast
perfect for an offshore
solo. Less than 200 miles. Easy couple of days,
My lady decides to go with me but wants to do the ditch. Not a problem. We make 30 miles the first day. Got a late start but dropped anchor
in a nice spot.
Slept in, then filled up with fuel
. Made 30 miles and stopped at a restaurant with dock
. Had a nice meal, slept a few hours and cast off lines around 1:30 am.
I hadn't gone far when my water
pump seal on the engine
started to leak and throw salt water
into the back of the electrical
panel. Covered what I could and found a good place to drop anchor
and catch a little more sleep.
Up before dawn getting tools and parts
together. I had bearings and seal to rebuild
pump. This would be third rebuild
in 3 years. It seems spring in seal won't last in seawater.
Should have stopped for a nap after tear down. Everything went smooth but addled from not sleeping.
Pulled bonehead mistake on pump. Didn't expect repair to last. It didn't. 5 hours of running it's leaking again.
Now in a transient slip. New pump on order. 2week estimated delivery
. Boat buck at least.
I sleep better on the hook