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The fun times aboard Liquid Therapy. With - Susan and Brooke Smith

12 August 2017 | Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
10 June 2017 | HarborFest Norfolk , Portsmouth
08 June 2017 | Ocean Marin Yacht Center
07 June 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
06 June 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA
05 June 2017 | Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC
04 June 2017 | Manteo Waterfront Marina
03 June 2017 | Captain’s Landing, Ocracoke, NC
02 June 2017 | Captain's Landing, Ocracoke, NC
01 June 2017 | Anchorage Marina, Ocracoke, NC
31 May 2017 | Manteo Waterfront Marina
30 May 2017 | Manteo Waterfront Marina
29 May 2017 | Midway Marina, Coinjock, NC
28 May 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
27 May 2017 | Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
20 October 2016 | Reedville Marina
20 October 2016 | Cape Charles Town Harbor
15 October 2016 | Horn Harbor Marina
25 April 2016 | Horn Harbor Marina

Change the Engine Oil

12 August 2017 | Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
Brooke Smith
Saturday August 12, 2017
Docked - Horn Harbor Marina

Hummmm. Not a normal blog. But it is maintenance time. Preparing for our planned cruise south. On my to do maintenance is change the fan belt, change the raw water pump impeller, change the 4 fuel filters, clean out the heat exchanger, change the heat exchanger zinc, change the rocker cover gasket, change the injector pump oil, change the air filter, change the transmission fluid, change the engine exhaust elbow. Oh yea, change the engine oil.
Let’s start with an easy changing the engine oil.
1. Suck out the old engine oil
2. Change the oil filter
3. Put fresh oil back into the engine.

1. Sucking out the engine oil with my homemade pump out system. Well I had to first replace the suction hose. Off to NAPA this morning to get new suctions hose. Old hose had gotten rotten.
Check that off the to do list. Successfully connected quick change hose to the pump and got all the oil ( 3 gallons ) out of the engine. Humm a little to heavy on one side to walk it up to the recycle tank. Go get the dock cart and wheel the oil to the recycle tank. Try not to spill the oil ANYWHERE and get it into the recycle tank. I always make a mess. But not too bad.
2. Change the oil filter after writing the Hours and Date on he new filter. I leave the filter wrench around the current oil filter so I don’t have to look for it. Old filter comes off easy and new one is on!
3. Put new oil ( 3 gallons ) into the engine. Hummm done this many times. Sometime a little spill. I open the 1st gallon and the screw off the top and start pouring. I notice the little ring of plastic left behind when you unscrew the top. I’ve heard of people having that little ring of cap plastic falling into their engine. I just keep pouring and then IT HAPPENS TO ME. The plastic ring slips off the gallon of oil and into the engine. I stop and stick my finger into the fill hole of the engine. The little plastic ring much be right there around a valve or the push rod. NOPE . Can’t find it. Consider, just leaving it in there to be chewed up by the thrashing valves push rods, maybe it will fall into the crankshaft. It will come out in the next oil change. RIGHT????
So, instead I decide to remove the rocker cover and just pluck the little ring of plastic out of the valve area. Hey, it’s only 8 screws and then you are in. OK 8 screws later and the rocker cover comes off and the gasket doesn't get ruined. YEA!
OK, where is the little ring of plastic? Light, then flash light, then 100watt light. No plastic ring. Are you sure you saw it fall into the engine???????? Susan says???
Yes, I’m sure. But starting to doubt that maybe the eyes have played tricks on me. OK if it’s not on the valves or push rods, could it fallen further into the engine?? Mirror time. Now I’m pretending I’m a dentist. Do you shine the light in the mirror for it to reflect down into parts of the engine? Or do you shine the flashlight down into the engine with one hand and guide the mirror with the other? Now, I’m beginning to see why dentists make so much money. I don’t think I’m coordinated enough. Whops I’m looking on the outside of the engine for minutes before I realize I’m not where I think I’m looking. Did I mention I’m in what would be known as WARRIOR ONE POSE if I were back in Yoga class? For minutes, lots of minutes???? My leg is screaming, find the damn plastic ring NOW.
Not found.. Rest and think of something else.
A hooked pick tool. Yes, in engine class, Bob Smith said to get a set of these. I find one and stick it where the flashlight don’t shine and as I bring it up,,,, THERE IS THE PLASTIC RING. FIRST TRY. I’m not sure where that thing was headed but I got it. Put the gasket and and rocker cover back on with many adjustments to get the 8 screws back in. (You can read that as more WARRIOR ONE POSES. I’m going to be sore tomorrow)
Now pour two more gallons of oil into the engine. Make sure when you unscrew the cap off the gallon of oil that you get the little plastic ring off too.
All done, engine starts, no visible leaks and I am ready for a shower.

Tomorrow I will change three of the four fuel filters. I’ll be switching a new one from standby to operational and replacing the 3 used filters. Two of those are very meticulous to change and one is fairly easy.
Later my friends.


Saturday June 10, 2017

10 June 2017 | HarborFest Norfolk , Portsmouth
Brooke Smith
Passage Ocean Marine Yacht Center to Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, Va
9:00 AM Underway
3:00 PM Docked port side to slip B19
7.0 engine hours 35 Nautical Miles

Yesterday was busy with the Parade of Sails at Harborfest. We initially thought the parade would pass Ocean Marine and we'd be able to watch from Liquid Therapy. About 11:30 we found out the parade did not come down that far. So, we hopped on the Portsmouth ferry and got to see the start of the parade with fireboats shooting water up into the sky. We could see one tall ship in the distance and lots of smaller boats taking part in the parade. The ferry docked at Waterside and we got a most spectacular view of the 1st ship, the Esmeralda from Chile, with all the hands in the rigging, standing on foot ropes and rope ladders. The scene was most impressive. But then, there was the sound of sailors singing from all parts of the ship. Chill bumps for sure. Here http://hrscene.com/harborfest-2017/visiting-tall-ships-harborfest-2017/ is a link to the ships that were there and all the statistics.
Next coming in sight was the Bae Guayas, from Ecuador. The sailors were once again all in the rigging with their hands stretched out in their blue suits. They had a live Latin sounding band just playing great. I shot 289 pictures. New Canon 7D Mark II shoots 10 frames / second if I press the shutter button too far down. I'm still getting used to it and wish I knew it as well as my pocket Canon S95 camera. I still use the iPhone camera a bunch too.
We thought the parade was about over, needed some lunch and got a bar spot, because a table was a 45 minute wait, at the newly opened Blue Moon restaurant at Waterside. Boats continued by and we had a higher vantage point. Most inspiring was our own 295' Coast Guard Eagle. The US Navy sent a destroyer down too. How Cool was the entire waterfront scene.
Saturated from the festivities we headed back across the Elizabeth River on the ferry and who do we run into at the marina but Mark and Diana Ianuzzi, phone company friends. They had come by boat as well and were here to go to the Brian Adams concert. Such fun bumping into friends that are traveling by boat. They were headed over on the ferry to Waterside to check out the tall ships that had docked. We told them to drop by Liquid Therapy after the concert for a nightcap and conversation. They are both so much fun and if it is one thing I miss about no longer working, it's missing your working friends. They did drop by and stayed until after midnight catching up. (So, I didn't write the blog.. TOO LATE and TOO TIRED.)
This morning we got underway at the stroke of two bells (9AM) and had a nice ride past the Harborfest ships, boats at anchor, the poor tugs trying to actually work and then of course the US Navy piers. Then it was up the Chesapeake on one of the prettiest days we've ever had on the water. Pulled in at 3 and am just unwinding, showering and getting ready to go over to our friends Wanda & Windy Chandler's cottage for dinner. Then I guess it's home and no more boating blogs for a while.
Our trip to Ocracoke and back was 343 NM, ( 395 SM )≅ 100 gallons of fuel, 66.1 engine hours. It was a very good trip. Glad to have gotten back on the water.
Today's picture is Bae Guayas, tall ship, from Ecuador.

Thursday June 8, 2017

08 June 2017 | Ocean Marin Yacht Center
Brooke Smith
Passage Atlantic Yacht Basin to Ocean Marine Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, VA
9:50 AM Underway
12:34 PM Docked port side to slip B19
2.9 engine hours 10 Nautical Miles

Short distance for 2 hrs & 44 minutes. Well it’s like this. When you leave Atlantic Yacht Basin headed north you have to wait for the Great Bridge bridge to open on the hour. Then you have to go through the Great Bridge lock. We rode up 3’ to the Elizabeth River and out we went. Three feet is a little unusual but we are having higher wind driven tides and the full moon too.
Just a few miles out of the lock is Top Rack Marina that has the cheapest fuel prices in Va. Even though we didn’t need fuel we pulled in and topped off our tanks. We probably will not buy any fuel this summer and very well may stay at Top Rack Marina this fall on our way south for the winter. Besides great fuel prices Top Rack Marina is clean and has a very good restaurant.
It’s only about 6 more miles from Top Rack Marina to Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth. We had no more bridges to open. So, all we had to do is dodge all the commercial vessels. There are lots of military, and commercial traffic. I was very busy staying out of the way of large vessels, crane barges, scrap steel barges, oil carrying vessels, navy boats patrolling the ships in the shipyard and other boaters. I saw an aircraft carrier in the Norfolk shipyard and am docked straight across from the Portsmouth yard working on some large navy ship. Lots of security every which way you look.
Did I say we didn’t have anymore bridges to open. Well there are two railroad bridges that we have to pass under. The way train bridges work are that they are seldom used and stay in the open position unless a train comes and then they go down. So, the first railroad bridge is down and there is a tug on my side waiting to go through and a few other boats. I don’t see any trains. This could be a long wait. After about 10 minutes and no trains the railroad bridge raises and we go on our way. We get to the next railroad bridge about a mile past the first one and it is down. Again no signs of any trains. Maybe this is some form of vessel traffic control. After a few minutes this old train bridge grans and slowly goes up.
Now it’s spitting rain and the wind has picked up to 15-20 knots out of the Northeast. I call the dock mater at our destination marina and ask for a port side toward the finger pier with us backing in. The dock master checks his board and finds a slip and gives me the instructions of where it is in the marina. I’m headed almost straight into the wind and am going to have to turn left 90° to go into the marina and then turn right into first fairway to go down to our slip assignment. Did I mention that there is a tall ship parade on Saturday and that Mystic, the tall ship, ( http://www.sailtraining.org/membervessels/vessel.php?@=144 ) is tied up just inside kind of crowding the turning points. Wasn’t too hard to turn left as the wind just blew the bow around. However, the right turn into the fairway was not happening. The wind was too strong for my rudder to turn Liquid Therapy. I don’t panic. But I am concerned. I back hard to get another try at turning with more power. Still L.T. can’t make the turn. Oh, did I mention the tall ship was taking up some of my maneuvering room and now I’m getting blown into the side of the Mystic if I don’t figure something out quick. I back down hard again getting some sternway speed, shift in to forward with the rudder all the way over to starboard and add a lot of power. The stern slides around more than the bow actually turning and I get L.T. pointed into the wind and we proceed down the fairway to our slip assignment. So, just when I think I’ve got my turn point for the slip figured out with the wind I notice there is a current to deal with. I get too far past the slip and back down to try a second approach with the wind and current figured out. I get L.T. turned and back into the slip with some jockeying of power and shifting. I’m pretty satisfied and the dock hand gets the spring line and stern line. Susan is trying to get the guy to get the bow line as now the wind is grabbing the bow and swinging it away from the finger pier. I end up going forward to pin the starboard bow to the bow piling. It’s a standoff as to whether the wind, motor and strength of the dock hand is going to win. I shift a few times and leave the motor at idle in forward and get the bow of the boat to slip along the piling and the dock guy pulls the bow over and we are all tied up. There is some discussion with a senior dock person that shows up that I cannot hear. But I’m think they were discussion why we were not put on the dock across from this one. If so, the wind would have blown the boat toward the finger pier instead of away from it as we had just fought to get diocked.
Oh well all is well. Susan and I walked down famous High Street and noticed the docks were under water from the high tides at the turning basin. Wow.
We were just going to spend the night. But now have decided to stay tomorrow night as well. Bryan Adams is playing at the amphitheater next to the marina. I’ve heard Dire Straights here before and although you can’t see the stage, the sound is pretty good. Also the parade of sails is tomorrow and other Harborfest activities. The weather is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow and Saturday. So, I think we will head on back to Horn Harbor Marina on Saturday.
Today’s picture was taken by Susan ozone of the railroad bridges almost all the way back up.

Wednesday June 7, 2017

07 June 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
Brooke Smith
Docked - Atlantic Yacht Basin
Not much to write about today. We didn’t move. We decided to spend another day here at AYB. It’s close to many restaurants and grocery. We couldn’t go up the Chesapeake Bay today or tomorrow. So, we stayed put to do a little housekeeping.
The engine has been seeping some oil around the rocker cover ever since we bought the boat back in 2009. Not much! But still we have to soak it up and keep from having it be pumped overboard. I usually just wipe any I see when I do my morning engine inspection and that keeps it from falling into the bilge. And, even if that happens I have oil absorbent mats to take care of spills or drips. I installed a new gasket a while back and thought it might need tightening and it did. So, the whole oil issue may be resolved. I’m also looking at the PCV valve that has a small leak from time to time. I’ll replace that when we get back to our home marina.
Also, I took some time evaluating my electronics and moved my WIFI router to a new home on the fly bridge. It gets better signals from marina WIFI systems up there. I also tidied up some of the wiring. I really need to redo my wiring drawings and labels. I get it all figured out and then forget to write it all down.
Susan caught up on some letters to friends and enjoyed the leisure pace of docked boat life. We both are busy when we are underway. It’s also been very fun watching the boats and commercial traffic wait to get into the lock on each hour. We took a walk around this marina. It is the largest covered slip marina I have ever seen. We then walked to the Farm Fresh and picked up a few things. We will pull out of here tomorrow morning and head through the bridge and lock to Portsmouth for tomorrow night. The weather looks good for a Friday run up the Chesapeake Bay.
Today’s picture is a couple vultures watching us pass under them.

Tuesday June 6, 2017

06 June 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA
Brooke Smith
Passage Coinjock Marina to Atlantic Yacht Basin
8:21 AM Underway
2:02 PM Docked starboard side to
6.6 engine hours 32 Nautical Miles

Wow, lots of rain last night opened to a beautiful morning. After getting underway I noticed a parade of three boats behind me. I check and they are all going the same speed and letting me lead. Whoa here comes a tug pushing a barge loaded with scrap metal. Kind of a skinny passing and I get a little too much out of the channel and the tug still passes me rather close. After a few hours I called one of the boats in the parade and talk some tech talk with him. I learned quite a bit from him about our AIS system that he also has the same model.
This stretch of the ICW is through swamp and coffee colored waters. This water is also very protected and cannot get any wave build up. After yesterday that was certainly a pleasure.
The boat directly behind me calls me and asks for a pass. After he passes me he calls again and says he is going to slow down as the bridge we are going to have to wait to open is 10 miles away and he can’t possibly get there for the next opening. This bridge and the one after it open on the hour and 1/2 hour. So, the guy had plotted the distance and got the speed set so our parade would get to the bridge just as it opens. Sometimes you get to a bridge too soon and have to maneuver around as the wind and currents just will not let your boat sit in park like a car. I don’t usually run a route of all the twists and turns to get the exact distance as this guy had done. So, I was happy to follow him. His figures and speed were spot on as we got to the bridge and none of us had to go into neutral and fiddle about. That was fine for that bridge. The next bridge is a little over 6 miles away and it is a race to get to that bridge in just 1 hour. Everyone passed Liquid Therapy and I ran her hard. Still my calculations were we would not get to the next bridge until 7 minutes after the opening. Just as I am about to call the bridge tender to ask if he can delay the opening or hold the bridge open until we get there, he makes a call to all of the boats saying he is going to delay our opening because he has to open early for a commercial vessel, will have to close and let some vehicular traffic clear and then reopen the bridge for us. Yea! Sometimes you just get lucky.
We docked at Atlantic Yacht Basin and may stay here a couple days. We can make it back to our home marina from here. But the next two days are going to be 15-20 knots of wind out of the northeast. No way am I going to go up the Chesapeake Bay in those conditions.
Today’s picture is someone’s home on the water. You see the strangest things when traveling by boat.

Monday June 45, 2017

05 June 2017 | Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC
Brooke Smith
Passage Manteo Waterfront Marina to Coinjock Marina
7:49 AM Underway
1:26 PM Docked Port side to face dock
6.7 engine hours 37 Nautical Miles

Ok, lets make a run for it be fore the wind picks up this afternoon. South wind 5-10 will be at lease behind us going across the Albemarle Sound. It’s supposed to rain this afternoon. So, off with the lines and away we go.
And I go out the Manteo Channel with out and incident. I actually go around the entrance marker on the correct side this morning!
Now turning north the wind seems a bit out of the west. South by southwest I guess. out the harbor channel we Everything is going ok as we head up the Roanoke sound with the land blocking any wave action. Hum as we round the north end of Roanoke Island I get the feeling that the 9 miles of open water of the Albemarle Sound is not going to be fun. So, I plot the straightest shot to the North River on the north side of the Albemarle and things are still not bad. And, as we break into the Albemarle Sound for our 9 mile 1 1/2 hour crossing things get uncomfortable. We have what is known as confused seas. Waves hitting us broadside and a following sea hitting our stern. Ok weather, make your mind up, wind out of the west, or wind out of the south. Oh, did I mention crab pots? Well there were everywhere. Liquid Therapy’s autopilot is just drawn to crab pots. So, I’d kick the Autoplilot off. Dodge the crab pilot and re-ingage the autopilot only to have it take a bead on another. Susan I would get a rhythm going on our rolling boat that we could count on. Then I’d have to dodge another crab pot. But it really look liked I had the autopilot set on seek and destroy crab pot mode. Actually I reduced the sensitivity on the autopilot to the least sensitive position - allowing the autopilot not to try to fight the waves so much. It lets the boat do what the boat wants to do and then slowly gets the boat on track. The ride is much better.
We finally got to the northern end o the Albemarle, up into the North river and things got back to normal. That felt good. But I knew this was one of those days that you would still be bouncing when you went to sleep. And, for Peter’s sake, don’t close your eyes in the shower or you will certainly fall out of the shower.
We docked at Coinjock Marina without incident and then it started raining. Off and on. But we were glad we were tucked in at the dock as it might thunderstorm later. I thought I’d get a nap in before dinner. But somehow that didn’t happen. We both got baths and got ready for dinner at the marina restaurant. Dinner was great. Susan had crab cakes and I had surf and turf. The restaurant is famous for its steaks. It has a 32 oz steak. I got a 12 oz and I’m sure it was much larger than 12. I ate about 1/3 of that and we both took lots back to the boat from our dinners. It was pouring down rain and lightning flashing as we left the restaurant. We had our rain jackets and will sleep good tonight. We both were whipped today from the rough ride. Pretty sure we are going to make it to Chesapeake on Norfolk tomorrow.
Today’s picture is a peak through Liquid Therapy’s windshield at Coinjock Marina.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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