01/08/2013, Fort Pierce, Florida
ELECTRICAL ISSUES, AGAIN!!!! 18 volts going into the starting battery, again... yup, battery acid all over the battery compartment.... Kim has torn into the system, and it appears, the problem is now solved! Glad we didn't hook the new starting battery up to the system. Keep your fingers crossed!
So, will keep trying to start the engine and monitor the voltage, and if all looks okay, will put everything back together... of course the whole boat is upside down, yet again.... as the batteries are under the area that we stow, bikes, and all the other stuff we don't use every day!!!!! MESSY, MESSY, MESSY!!!!
We are thinking of heading back out into the ocean tomorrow and sailing to Lake Worth, as the weather and wind look favorable for that! We will most likely leave early a.m. to make it into the channel at slack tide, which is 2 pm.
Will keep you updated!
01/07/2013, Fort Pierce, Florida
Our original plan yesterday, was to get everything set, sleep for a few hours, and get up at 1am, and take off. However, it looked like there was a possibility that we would be arriving too close to dark, so we opted to leave last night. When everything was packed and we were showered, we pulled in the dock lines and fenders a few minutes after 11pm!
As we were motoring out of the channel at Port Canaveral, Kim noticed an un lighted buoy! (Must have been burned out, and yes... we were close enough to it, to make us nervous!) So I went on lookout until we were out of the channel and into open water! Since we were going almost down wind, Captain Kim decided we would fly only the YANKEE! Good choice... top speed last night was 8.4 knots with only one sail! YEAH!!! We had plenty of wind and some pretty big seas! Kim did awesome... he was at the helm all night. Once the sail was unfurled and set, I hunkered down, with a couple of blankets and shivered!!!!
I think I dozed off a few times, while hunkered in my favorite corner of the cockpit, while Kim battled the waves! Since it was a heck of a ride, better than the carnival, we snacked on Ritz Crackers, Pepperoni and hard salami! Couldn't get to anything else, as it was rather difficult to navigate through the cabin!
Kim, took only a short break, while I took over the helm and navigated the last 4 NM to the buoys marking the channel into Fort Pierce! We fired the engine, furled the Yankee and Kim took over the helm, thank goodness, you should have seen those waves coming at us! We were tossed from side to side!!! Wow! He did an awesome job!!!!!
We dropped anchor at approx. 11:35a.m.! We entered the channel just a few minutes before 11a.m. Only 12 hours to sail 68 NM! YEAH!!! (Thanks to some pretty awesome winds)
After eating a bit of fresh fruit, Kim is off to bed, to snuggle under the polar fleece blankets and snuggle with the down pillows!
It is a beautiful, sunny day... a bit chilly, but very nice. I think I may take my book up on deck and read for a bit!
Just wanted to touch base, and let everyone know that we made it, safe and sound!
We are heading out in about an hour... about 11:30 pm, to sail to Fort Pierce. Course is plotted and the weather has been checked several times, we may get a bit of rain, as we did earlier while out adjusting the compass, but foul weather gear and we are all set.
Will update when we arrive in Fort Pierce, as we will be anchoring, I will use the phone as a hot spot and will update the best I can, depending on the Verizon signal.... if nothing else will post via the phone, that is not always very reliable as far as spelling goes, for some reason, typing a message via the phone, stinks! I think it is set for texting, and skips some letters sometimes....... :(
Okay...... no worries! We will be fine...... till later!
Thank you, Stew...... for all you did for us! Had a great visit with you....... Wishing you safe travels...... have fun! Come and see us!
01/05/2013, Florida... of course
Hope you all had a great holiday season..... we decided to stay, since we had paid for a month at this marina, and get a few more things done, such as clean the anchor locker out and clear the drain to the bilge! Icky, stinky job, but makes sleeping in the V-berth much more pleasant. We have created a supply list for items we may need for the Bahamas, we have done all the shopping for dry goods, flour, sugar, pwd. milk, etc...... we spent days vac. packing and ziploc bagging everything and then stowing it on the boat. Some of the islands in the bahamas have no place for provisions, so we have heard, and if the weather kicks up and you need to stay at anchor for any length of time, you need to have enough food to manage... trust me, we have enough for maybe 9 months...... ( Kim thinks maybe longer..... LOL) You know me, rather be safe than sorry!!!!
We still need to pick up the extra oil, and tranny fluid... as we have more than enough filters and belts, extra regulator, alternator, water pump rebuild parts, etc..... on board. We will pick up those other things at Fort Pierce.
We had planned on sailing from here to Fort Pierce, but the winds don't look like they will be as favorable as we would like to we will most likely head back down the ditch to Ft. Pierce, and then figure if we will venture out from there as the inlet/outlet to the ocean is a relatively easy one. The inlet/ outlet here is wonderful, and we have been out doing a bit of day sailing! So nice to get those sails up and full of wind!
We are paid up thru the 8th, and most likely will head out then. After we move along again, I promise that I will update more often. We have been busy biking and walking and hanging out with Stew. We have gone to the movies, eaten out at several local and very good restaurants, went out on New Year's Eve.... dancing! We went to the Planetarium with Stew and his friend Kay. We had a wonderful time, then went out for Ice Cream after!
So we will now prep the boat to take off, once again... (collect all our belongings, such as the folding bikes and stow them, put the dingy back on board or stow it if the weather is favorable to sail outside on the ocean. We will be ready to head out shortly.... Kim will be brushing the furry, icky growth that has accumulated on the boat, from sitting here in the marina.........
12/20/2012, Cape Canaveral
We were up early to move things around, to get at the battery compartment, as "BOB" the electrician was going to be here at 8!
Kim got the battery compartment opened, to discover, that yet again.... the starting battery had boiled! Thank goodness for baking soda! The entire battery compartment was once again completely wiped down with baking soda water! (I think we have the cleanest battery compartment in the Marina)
Bob was here at 8am..... and so the search for the problem continued, each wire from alternator, regulator and battery banks, were tested... There was a bad wire from alternator to regulator! That was corrected and everything put back together, for an engine start up... it appears, the mystery has been solved!
For the first time, since Bob showed up yesterday morning.... he smiled! He was eager to get out of here, and Bob, who is, we think in his late 70's climbed out of here, without the steps in place! Go, Bob!!!
So, as you can see from the photo... we have some wiring to wrap and stow! Then the boat can be put back together....... and we can fire up the engine, let it run, while monitoring the output going into the batteries....... and we are hoping not to see any voltage much over 14 going into our batteries, ever again!!!!!
Well...... we paid for the dockage for a month, as we were only going to be here a few days, which has now turned into several.... and it was just simply cheaper to rent by the month, now....... and if the electrical issue has been addressed and corrected, it will be worth it!
I think that we will go through the boat while here, and make a list of exactly what we have on board, an inventory... then we will make a shopping list, as we are planning, (which is always subject to change) on heading over to the Bahamas... rather than heading to the Keys right now! We can go out and do lots of day sailing... maybe even some night sailing, as when we head to the Bahamas.... we will be leaving in the dark! :)
We will then hit up, Stew... to take us shopping!
12/19/2012, Port Canaveral, Florida
Yesterday we took Stew out sailing with us! It was a beautiful day!
We left the dock about 11 a.m..... throwing off the dock lines and heading to the Ocean, with a mostly clear sky and a warm sun! Into the channel..... we had to spin a few, "YUK's" as a big cruise ship was just entering the channel.... and we thought we would give it as much room as it needed.
Once out in the ocean, we put up the sails, and cut the engine... that is always one of my most favorites parts of sailing..... the sound of "PEACE & QUIET"...... and it is very noticeable. The next favorite thing..... WIND, enough of that to power the boat thru the water..... and then..... believe it or not, Heeling! I LOVE IT.... it's such a rush.
Well we had okay winds off and on... there were a few times, that the boat was kinda stalled.......lack of wind, but then..... she kicked! We had about 24 knots of apparent wind...... so we were able to get to just over 6 knots out of the boat! Whoooooo hoooooo!
Stew managed to throw a line out, but nothing was caught.... so before heading back to the Marina..... I finished up the loaf of bread and the pot of spaghetti.... after securing the boat, we had dinner..... then off to trivia! It was a great day.
Today, the Electrician, "BOB" came back to check out our continuing electrical problem, that we all thought was finally taken care of, but turned out it was still there... and is, I am sad to say...... still causing us grief! Bob showed up today.... looked things over, and took our alternator along with the brand new regulator to a shop to have them both checked out....... all is well, with those, but not our system! So after some discussion.... Bob is coming back at 8a.m..... tomorrow! This has been ongoing since Sept. 9th..... since the new bank of batteries and the auto charging relay was put on the system... so... if anyone has an idea..... we are open to any and all ideas!
We had an electrician look over the system in Georgia....... and now again...... it is driving us nuts..... we want to head to the Bahamas.... but don't dare until the issue is resolved!
Tonight, we are heading out with Stew to take in a movie..... the Hobbit!