I've been moving in my ketch
from New Orleans
around Florida's gulf and Atlantic Coasts for over 2 months now as part of the larger voyage home to Lake St Clair on the Great Lakes
. Odissea is a "new to me" 1979 Morgan
462. She was in good shape and stood a good survey
when I bought her but 2 months of almost daily wind
on the nose has turned her into a trawler
with coincident engine
and system issues based on hard usage and an owner less than experienced with the boat. I've had three major occurances that required significant service
to the engine/generator. In each case I've been blessed with the availability of honest, skilled and competent diesel
mechanics. I want to list them here for the benefit of those who may find themselves in need in the ports
in which they operate.
We've all heard of the flimflam artists and outright thieves that populate the harbour front preying on cruisers... This is a tribute to the other half of the profession. The honest hardworking folks that provide great value for money
and who respond with dignity, skill and passion to the emergencies associated with the cruising lifestyle.
1) Cleveland Diesel
in Tarpon Springs. Resolved a thorny and subtle suction side fuel pump
issue for me that was causing air locks in the fuel
line resulting in unpredicted shutdowns. Great folks, responded very guickly with a very knowledgeable technician at very reasonable prices.
2) Sun Power Diesel in Dania Beach. Fuel
starvation issue resolved by failed ball valve. Plus a generator
problem. When I first heard their hourly rate I was taken aback but in the end they proved very economical. They brought three guys onto the boat and were gone in a matter of hours. Each one was a subject matter expert on either the Onan or the Perkins
and brought tools and parts
specific to the engine
and the problem as I had described it to them over the phone
. Very professional. Excellent value for money
3) Firstmate Yacht services in St Augustine. Oil
cooler hose failure. These guys are the best. Had them remove and replace both hoses. While they were there I also had them clean the bilges of oil lost
during the break, which they accomplished in good order. While there one of the guys, whose forte is AC, diagnosed my less than well performing refrigeration
as having a charge issue and returned with his gauges to resolve the problem. Great folks to work with at very reasonable rates. They really do go the extra mile without being asked!