I posted this as a reply to asking for help getting my boat home from Dana Point
to King Harbor. I thought it deserved its own thread though.
My buddy that talked me into getting a boat came along.
We got on the boat and everything started right up, It was fairly still so we were going to motor
out. We made it a whole 100 yards before the motor
went out. I got a quick lessen on how to use the rudder
I had kinked an O-ring on the fuel filter
and we loss suction. I had a spare but we decided to get a basic 5/16 as a spare just incase. it's a whole lot faster to get on and you can see the flow with the clear plastic. It wouldn't be a permanent fix.
Off we go again. 8am. About an hour and a half into the trip and I get sea sick. FML! I had used a couple different bands but that didn't do anything.
Then about 45 min later the motor makes a squealing noise
and is smoking, like a belt was failing, it also felt like the trans was really hot. The motor never went over 160 deg. So we shut it down and started sailing.
Mind you I'm down, I'm not learning
anything except that the next time I go out I'll have a patch on. we were making around 3-4 knots.
About the time we got to the derricks off of Huntington we lost
. Down to about a mile an hour. It's 2:30 and I say were calling a tow. We are concerned about crossing the Long beach and LA harbor shipping
lanes and making it around PV.
I'm soooo glad I sprung for the Gold tow package. We called and within an hour and a half we were hooked up. In that time we had gone about a mile.
As soon as we start getting towed we start taking on water
. We cant find where it's coming from. We have a small drip coming from the exhaust water
line but not enough to be filling the boat at the rate of a 5 gal bucket every 5 min. Guess what else we found out. The bilge pump
doesn't work. My buddy's bailing water cause I'm holding the tiller and barfing.
If anyone has any ideas where this water could be coming from let me know. Most of my thru hulls are plugged except for the inlet, outlet to the motor and the bilge
. I might be missing something, I'm a nube. Once we stopped being towed we stopped tanking on water. Thank God cause we we're spent. Today I checked to oil
for water but it was good. Ill pull the plugs tomorrow since I didn't have a plug
wrench or the energy to work on her.
So at 9pm we get her into the slip. Ill say this The Captain
that got us home was impressive getting her into the slip. Supper smooth and accurate.
So I have been humbled. I'm going to get her set up for living a couple nights a week and then start working on the motor. I won't be taking her out for a while. I plan on getting some lessons, if anyone has any recommendations around Redondo beach let me know.