Namani at Sea

The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
19 May 2014 | Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia
09 May 2014 | Sydney
06 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
04 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
01 May 2014 | Yorkey's Knob Boat Club
29 April 2014 | Anchored in Pioneer Bay, Palm Islands, QLD
26 April 2014 | Macona Inlet, Hook Island/Whitsundays
17 April 2014 | Rosslyn Bay
14 April 2014 | Pacific Creek, Curtis Island
04 April 2014 | Great Keppel Island, Queensland
02 March 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
26 February 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
13 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
03 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
12 January 2014 | Redcliffe Marina, Scarborough/Moreton Bay
07 January 2014 | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
03 January 2014 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour

Engine Update

28 May 2008 | Fort Pierce, FL
Markus
Just a quick update... Eric, the long awaited mechanic, was here on Monday (yes, he did indeed come out on Memorial Day!) and took off our diesel injection pump. Even with the pump and its counterparts in the engine in full view, we could not come up with any diagnosis that would explain all the different phenomena/strange engine behaviors we experienced on our way here. What seemed particularly puzzling was that our prime suspect, the control rack that the stop solenoid engages with, was not stuck but moved rather freely after we had full access to it. Hence it was decided to take the pump to an injection shop for a closer look. The shop's diagnosis after full disassembly of the pump: 3 of 4 plunger springs were disintegrating due to corrosion - a bit of a (nasty) surprise. On the positive side this does explain all of the engine's behavior in the recent past and makes a plausible root cause for all evil. Unfortunately, it also means we will only get the overhauled pump back on Friday or Saturday, so no departure before the weekend...

On the plus side again this gave us a chance to go to Sea World today where especially the Orca whale show was quite an experience (not only for Nicky). We can also make a few more fixes which we had originally saved for Maine: Fixing a very slow oil leak from the engine's raw-water pump, adding additional 1/2" spacers to the engine mounts (since I had to move the engine off its mounts for injection pump access anyway), installing AIS, ...

We're still optimistic that we will in fact leave here eventually ;-) To be fair: It's a convenient spot to be stuck in, with a very nice and friendly live-aboard community around us. Stay tuned for further updates...
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Vessel Name: Namani
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 35
Crew: Nana, Markus and Nick
About: A family of three on a cruise from the US East Coast to Australia
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