I am mentoring a young guy, just finished his junior year in college, who has aspirations of cruising for a couple of years after school
. He is near broke and in a bind in Dauphin Island, Alabama
near Mobile. He is a newcomer
to sailing who just bought an tired Alberg 30
and is bringing her home to SW Florida
. He is hoping to get her here by the end of May when he starts a summer job. The boat is generally sound, but her systems suffer from some serious "Bayou Engineering". I only had a day to help him with repairs
and addressed a serious structural/rig issue. I had hoped we could correct the systems after he arrived here.
The Yanmar diesel
has a poorly conceived fuel
system which starved the engine
. Trying to start it, he killed his batteries, then when SeaTow came to give him a jump, he likely connected the cables
backwards, burning up his battery cables
... I did even more dense things when I started, I guess.
He is now safe at a marina but has neither expertise nor a deep pocket. I am stuck here in South Florida
with work and cannot provide more than moral support and limited advice. He does not have internet
access nor a smart phone
, so cannot even send pics.
If anyone is in the area and could assist, he and I would be quite grateful.
His name is Sal, phone
number is 239-297-2425