Well, the first 'voyage' is out of the way. Boat & crew safely arrived Port Aransas last Sunday 3/5. Tough trip where I got to enjoy:
not delivering new Genoa
as promised. Cost:2 days departure delay and having to motor
the whole way.
- seawater strainer for genset disintegrated upon opening it to clean. Guess I'm not supposed to ever get one dirty... Cost: sore knees and stealing from the sink SW pump to cool the genset.
quit after 3 hrs in a quartering sea. Cost: Sore knees while trying to coax the pump back into operation. No luck, but my arms are much stronger now.
- BAD FUEL
- where the hell did all that sludge come from?? Once in the Gulf in 4 - 6ft seas we clogged the Racors. Cost: Sore knees while cleaning
filters, 'concerned' crew.
- BAD FUEL
again clogged both fuel suction lines, this time while in 6 - 8ft seas and just 3 miles from the jetties at Belle Pass. Cost: The embarassment of getting a tow from a crew boat, plus the bow cleat that he took with him on the first attempt. Nothing like being seasick while head-down in the bilge
sludge around. I highly recommend it!!
- the OUTSTANDING hospitality of the good people of Port Lafource LA. The Harbor Police shuttled us around to find help, tug captain
Jason Cressonie M/V Harvey Thunder and his engineer
worked with me until 0100 to suck out the old diesel
and refuel. Then they refused any sort of payment for their trouble. Even fed us a wonderful crawfish feast... an amazing experience that I hope to be able to repay in kind someday!!
- arriving too late to enter Pt AuFer before dark. Too rough to anchor
, so I spent a long, cold night "moving the lawn" amidst the oil
wells / pipes / platforms that are for the most part unlit. Cost: lost
sleep, but at least my knees got a break.
- balky refrigeration
. Choices are frozen solid or room temp. Cost: some spoiled food
- clogged FWD head
. What a JOY this was... never did get it cleared but I sure do know how it's put together now. Cost: Sore knees and an urge to shower
twice an hour for 3 days.
- 2 of 3 A/C units broken. Is stuff really supposed to work on a sailboat?? Cost: Don't know yet, but I'll bet it's a big number...
- Running aground after dark in the ICW
while trying to find an anchorage. The guide and the tug captain
both said 6ft of water
in there, but it was shy of that. I KNOW BETTER than to push it and stumble around after dark in unknown places.. lesson re-learned. Cost: Embarassed captain who was very thankful for that unlimited towing Boat US membership
Weather in Port A was good.. glad to have finally made it. Next time we sail - if I have to do 7 knots I at least want it quiet.